Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:36:00 – Derby goalkeeper Frank Fielding has got another 90 minutes under his belt as he steps up his recovery from a groin injury.
Fielding, who made his comeback last week from the injury he sustained at the start of October by playing the full game as the Rams' Under-21 side lost 2-1 to Nottingham Forest, was in action again for the Development Squad against Barnsley on Monday afternoon.
And the 24-year-old kept a clean sheet as goals from Nathan Tyson and Theo Robinson gave Derby a 2-0 win at their Moor Farm training complex.
Fielding saved efforts from Sam Patterson and John Rooney in quick succession before denying the latter again towards the end of the first half to preserve the Rams' lead.
The former Blackburn stopper then managed to divert a powerful shot from Danny Rose on to the crossbar in the second half.
AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley could be without a trio of defenders.
Jim Fenlon, Warren Cummings and Norwich loanee George Francomb were all deemed not fit enough to be included in the squad for Saturday's draw against Aldershot and they will have to be assessed again.
Winger Kieran Djilali returned to the club on a short-term loan deal on Friday and, after coming on as a second-half substitute, may be promoted to the starting XI.
Neil Sullivan, another new signing, was instrumental as the Dons claimed a point against the Shots and the Doncaster loanee is set to retain his place in goal.
Stacy Long netted a late equaliser at the weekend and is likely to stay in Ardley's team.
Southend boss Paul Sturrock could name an unchanged line-up for the third successive game with Gavin Tomlin set to feature despite being substituted at Torquay.
The striker, who scored twice in the 4-1 victory at Plainmoor, was replaced by Barry Corr midway through the second half as a precaution after his back stiffened up.
But the former Torquay loanee is likely to get the nod again to continue his partnership with Britt Assombalonga - a combination that delighted their manager.
"You have to give credit to them both because they ran Torquay ragged," Sturrock told the Southend Echo.
"We need to take this kind of performance to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday now, but they've been doing well lately and it will be a hard game for us there."
Port Vale will have Ashley Vincent available again for the midweek clash.
Vincent, who was last week voted League Two player of the month, missed the 2-2 home draw against York on Saturday through suspension.
The winger served a one-match ban after collecting his fifth yellow card of the campaign during the goalless draw at Southend the previous weekend.
Doug Loft (calf) missed out against the Minstermen after being rated as 50-50 for that game. The skipper has a better chance of being involved on Tuesday night.
Recent signing Sean McAllister made his debut as a second-half substitute against York and he will hope to feature once more.
Fellow midfielders Kingsley James and Ryan Lloyd, defender Joe Davis and striker Ben Williamson are options for manager Micky Adams.
Bristol Rovers striker David Clarkson is a doubt with an ankle problem.
The 27-year-old had to be taken off at half-time in their 2-1 loss at Rochdale having picked up the injury in a block tackle and is touch and go for the clash with second-place Vale.
Manager Mark McGhee will be without Garry Kenneth and Eliot Richards after both players were both sent off in the defeat. Richards will serve a three game ban for his straight red while the Scottish defender will just miss the trip to face Micky Adams' men. Oliver Norburn will miss out for the final time through suspension.
Captain Matt Gill and defender Cian Bolger are expected to return to full training with the squad this week and are looking at an early December return while Danny Woodards played over an hour against Port Vale having not featured since the final game of last season with a broken leg.