Hospitalised Baker ‘a concern’ ahead of Charlton visit

Carl Baker
Carl Baker

Dons’ Player of the Year Carl Baker spent the night in hospital on Saturday after suffering a tear in his lower oesophagus, rendering him a doubt for Tuesday’s game against Charlton Athletic.

The 32-year-old put in a fine display in the 2-0 defeat against Hull City on Saturday, but was taken to hospital after ‘vomiting blood’ before and after the game.

After being kept in overnight, Baker was released from hospital on Sunday but Dons manager Karl Robinson isn’t sure whether he will be able to play a part against the Addicks on Tuesday night.

“He was ill for 24 hours. He was in hospital on Saturday after vomiting blood. He was ill before the game too but he didn’t tell me. We’re a little concerned by that going into tomorrow. And he didn’t eat anything yesterday either.

“I’ve spoken to him, but we’re not sure if he’ll be ready. But we’ve got players in the wings ready to fill his place.”

Charlton, like Dons, are suffering with a lack of goal of late. Without a win in any competition since August 25 when they beat Peterborough in the Capital One Cup, Charlton have plummeted down the Championship table and sit 23rd.

Only 14 games into the season, Robinson refused to call it a ‘must win’ game for his side, but he believes Charlton will approach the encounter with that mentality.

He said: “I don’t think we can lose. For Charlton, it’s a must win.

“But we’ve got to play better than we did on Saturday.

“They’re on the back of a similar run to us, but they’ve been at this level for much longer than we have and they know the consequences at this end of the table.

“It’s a new experience for us, and it’s driving us on. It’s a tremendous learning curve.”