AFC Wimbledon v Sunderland preview
Last Updated: 23/08/18 6:05pm
AFC Wimbledon captain Deji Oshilaja is in line to return to the fold for Saturday's League One clash with in-form Sunderland.
Oshilaja was an unused substitute for Tuesday night's 3-1 home defeat by Walsall because of illness, but is set to lead the side out against the Black Cats. Fellow defender Tennai Watson could also return after being rested against the Saddlers following a run of three games in a week.
Scott Wagstaff, Tom Soares and James Hanson were also missing from the starting line-up in midweek and they too will hope for recalls.
Sunderland boss Jack Ross has not given up hope of having full-backs Bryan Oviedo and Adam Matthews available. The pair sat out Wednesday night's 4-1 victory at Gillingham because of knocks with Oviedo not even travelling with the squad - which stayed in the south after the midweek fixture - but he could yet join up, although Matthews is closer to a return.
Donald Love returned from an ankle injury at Priestfield, while former Hibernian midfielder Dylan McGeouch made his debut for the club as a substitute after shaking off his own fitness concerns. Striker Charlie Wyke is close to resuming training after a knee problem, but Jerome Sinclair, Tom Flanagan, Aiden McGeady and Duncan Watmore are still out.
This will be the first ever meeting between AFC Wimbledon and Sunderland.
Sunderland have lost on 10 of their last 13 league visits to London (W1 D2) - their only win coming against Crystal Palace in February 2017.
AFC Wimbledon have not lost back to back home League One matches since December 2017, with the first of those defeats against Walsall - the Dons lost 3-1 to the Saddlers last time out.
Sunderland have won three league matches in August 2018 - they haven't won four in a single calendar month since April 2007 when they were managed by Roy Keane.
Sunderland, victorious away at Gillingham on Wednesday, haven't won consecutive away league matches since May 2014, when they beat Chelsea and Manchester United in the Premier League under Gus Poyet.