Macclesfield boss Gary Simpson will assess the fitness of several players ahead of the home clash with AFC Wimbledon.

The Silkmen are still waiting on the return to match fitness of Paul Morgan (broken arm) and Colin Daniel (hernia), both of whom are getting closer to action.

Tom Fisher, meanwhile, is a couple of weeks away while striker Waide Fairhurst is still suffering from the ankle injury he suffered on the opening day.

Yet Simpson is in upbeat mood after his men gave an impressive account of themselves in the 2-1 defeat at Bolton on Wednesday in the Carling Cup second round.

Simpson said: "We had a lot of players at a very young age against Bolton and we have a good chance to progress and move on in the game."

AFC Wimbledon captain Jamie Stuart has declared himself fit for the trip.

The defender has sat out some training sessions this week after taking a whack to the ribs against Hereford and has also been given painkillers for a hip problem.

But Stuart is expected to play through the pain barrier at Moss Rose.

Summer signing Mat Mitchel-King, who has yet to make his debut due to a bout of glandular fever, played for the reserves in midweek to prove his fitness but only succeeded in picking up a shin injury after colliding with a goalpost.

An X-ray has shown no break and only heavy bruising but the luckless defender will not be available at the weekend.

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