AFC Wimbledon wait on striker Joe Pigott for Oxford clash

AFC Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon will monitor striker Joe Pigott ahead of the Sky Bet League One match against Oxford.

Pigott was sent home from training earlier in the week after feeling unwell.

Centre-back Darius Charles (hip) and defender Will Nightingale (knee) are stepping up their rehabilitation as they close in on a first-team return.

Ghana forward Kwesi Appiah continues his recovery from a hamstring problem, having not played since before Christmas.

Caretaker boss Derek Fazackerley looks set to take charge of the team again, with the appointment of a new permanent manager seemingly no closer after both Steve McClaren and Karl Robinson distanced themselves from the vacancy.

Ivo Pekalski, who is stepping up his rehabilitation from a cruciate knee ligament injury, played more than an hour in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup defeat at Oxford City, but the midfielder will not be rushed back into first-team action.

Midfielder Rob Hall (calf) and Joe Rothwell (hamstring) also both continue their recovery.