Ben Reeves believes his spell in the treatment room will finally see off a troublesome hamstring injury which has plagued him all season.
Reeves made his return to first team action in last Friday night’s FA Cup defeat to Chesterfield after three weeks out, but couldn’t affect things as Dons went down 1-0 at stadium:mk.
The 23-year-old, named Player of the Year last season, has been in and out of the side with hamstring trouble all season, but admitted he hasn’t given the injury enough time to fully recover.
Now though, with an extended period on the sidelines, Reeves hopes he can now put his injury woes behind him.
“I was happy to be back,” he said. “I hope to be back in contention. I felt fresh.
“I’ve had the hamstring problem a few times this season, five or six times. I had to put it right and it has taken a bit longer this time to come back.
“Now I need to get some full training sessions in and get my sharpness back.
“This season, I haven’t been able to train as often because of these little niggles. I’ve been coming in on Thursdays and Fridays, playing the game on Saturday, but not being able to train on Mondays.”
Although Reeves’ return was marred by the result, he believes Dons now have no excuses in their promotion fight.
He said: “It’s a massive shame, and we’re devastated to be out of the FA Cup, but there’s no excuses now, we’re 100 per cent concentrating on the league now.”