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Dons duo return to full training

AFC Wimbledon boss Johnnie Jackson has confirmed that centre-back duo Joe Lewis and Ryan Johnson have both returned to full training following separate injury issues.

Lewis initially joined on loan from League Two rivals Stockport in the summer and was set to head back in January before the Dons spent a six-figure fee to secure his services on a permanent basis.

AFC Wimbledon v Mansfield Town – SkyBet League Two, Cherry Red Records Stadium, 27 January 2024
Picture : Keith Gillard

Johnson signed a two-year deal at Plough Lane after joining on a free transfer from Stockport in the summer.

Lewis, 24, has been missing since the 3-1 EFL Trophy defeat at Peterborough in late January.

Johnson pulled up in the 3-1 defeat at Milton Kenyes and has missed the last 11 League Two outings.

“They’re getting closer,” said Jackson.

“They have started full training with the group this week.

“They have been out a while so we might look at getting a game in next week when we have a clear week to try and get something into their legs.

“They were a massive part of what we were doing in the first part of the season. When they got injured, it was a real blow to us and it took us a while to find our feet again.

“It’s going to cause me a couple of headaches and sleepless nights.

“I speak about it a lot, but getting the shirt and keeping the shirt, when you have got it, don’t give it back to me.

“At the minute, people are showing that they want it and want to keep it.”

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