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New AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley has inherited a host of defensive injury problems ahead of his first game in charge.

Dale Bennett, who last week extended his loan spell from Watford, remains doubtful with a back injury while skipper Mat Mitchel-King (back) and fellow centre-halves Pim Balkestein (groin) and Callum McNaughton (knee) are still out.

Right-back Curtis Osano is still struggling with an ankle problem, midfielder Stacy Long is battling to overcome a foot injury and striker Jason Prior continues his recovery from last season's broken leg.

Former Wimbledon defender Ardley, named successor to long-serving boss Terry Brown on Wednesday, could opt to stick with the side which beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1 last weekend under caretaker manager Simon Bassey.

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates has a defensive crisis.

Yates has failed in a number of attempts to land a loan player in time for the weekend after some poor defensive displays.

The Robins chief slammed his side's performance at the back following Tuesday's defeat to Oxford in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Skipper Alan Bennett serves the final game of his suspension while youngster Harry Hooman has been loaned to non-League Bath. Yates took the decision after Hooman's showing in midweek but his exit leaves him short of options.

"I'm trying to get someone in but I'm not getting the right answers from my club and other clubs," he told BBC Gloucestershire. "I've had a chat with Harry. I think he needs to go out and get a month's worth of games, where he's playing Saturday and Tuesday."

Keith Lowe is expected to slot in alongside Steve Elliott while Yates' search for new faces continues.

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 03 October 2014
19:45
Burton Alb v Cambridge Utd  
Dag + Red v Exeter  
Saturday, 04 October 2014
15:00
Bury v Tranmere  
Cheltenham v AFC W'don  
Hartlepool v Carlisle  
Mansfield v Accrington  
Oxford Utd v Newport  
Plymouth v Shrewsbury  
Southend v Morecambe  
Stevenage v Luton Town  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Burton Alb 10 4 22
2 Wycombe 10 7 21
3 Bury 10 8 20
4 Southend 10 5 20
5 Northamptn 10 5 17
6 Morecambe 10 3 16
7 Shrewsbury 10 4 15
8 Portsmouth 10 2 15
9 Cheltenham 10 1 15
10 Luton Town 10 1 15
11 Mansfield 10 -3 15
12 AFC W'don 10 0 14
13 Stevenage 10 0 14
14 Plymouth 10 3 13
15 Newport 10 1 13
16 Accrington 10 -5 13
17 Exeter 10 -3 12
18 Cambridge Utd 10 2 11
19 Dag + Red 10 -4 11
20 Tranmere 10 -2 9
21 York City 10 -4 9
22 Hartlepool 10 -9 8
23 Oxford Utd 10 -4 7
24 Carlisle 10 -12 6

Updated Mon, 29 Sep 2014

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