Reo-Coker is one of many free agents Micciche will look at to solve Dons' midfield crisis

Nigel Reo-Coker in his Aston Villa days
Nigel Reo-Coker in his Aston Villa days

Dan Micciche confirmed he is delving into the free agency market to hunt for midfield cover - and that includes former Wimbledon man Nigel Reo-Coker.

The 33-year-old trained with Dons on Tuesday as they prepared for their away double-headers against Rochdale and Fleetwood Town.

With Ed Upson suspended, Alex Gilbey out for the considerable future and short-term injuries to Peter Pawlett and Chuks Aneke, Micciche said he is desperate to get cover in the centre of the park.

Reo-Coker, who was last seen playing for IK Start in Norway, has been without a club since June last year but could be drafted in outside the transfer window.Micciche confirmed on Wednesday night that Reo-Coker is one of a few free agents he is considering.

"It's an area we are trying to strengthen," he said. "We had Nigel Reo-Coker in yesterday. I'm really trying to look at that free market because we're short in that area."

Dons looked lightweight in the centre of midfield against Rochdale, despite picking up their first point since Micciche took over. Ouss Cisse, Conor McGrandles and Aidan Nesbitt struggled to make a positive impact on the game in the middle, and it wasn't until Robbie Muirhead and Callum Brittain came on in the second period that Dons looked more assured.

Brittain, usually spotted at right back, cut his teeth as a midfielder, and Micciche said he had no qualms putting the 19-year-old into the centre.

He said: "I thought Callum Brittain did well in there when he came on. I've always known Callum as a midfield player - it;'s only recently he has become a right back. I had no qualms about putting him in midfield tonight. He needs to know I'm not going to see him just as a right back.

"We need players to be versatile when we've got so many out."