Carl Fletcher will make move to keep hold of loan duo
STRIKE pair Alex MacDonald and Guy Madjo are set to extend their loan spells at Argyle for another month.
Manager Carl Fletcher is aiming to finalise deals next week for the duo to continue their successful stays at Home Park.
MacDonald and Madjo had only had limited first team action this season, at Burnley and Aldershot Town respectively, before signing for Argyle.
Their initial one-month loans end after the game against managerless 22nd-placed AFC Wimbledon at Home Park tomorrow.
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Fletcher wants to extend their deals, but preferably after the Pilgrims have played Aldershot in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round next Tuesday.
As 28-year-old Madjo is on loan from Aldershot it is unlikely he would be allowed to play against them anyway.
But by leaving the loan extensions until after the JPT tie, MacDonald and Madjo would be able to play more League Two games for Argyle.
Clubs have up to five days after the end of a loan deal to extend it for a further period of time.
Fletcher said: "We would like to keep them here longer. Hopefully, we can get something sorted.
"I think the best way for us to do it is probably leave it for the week and let them miss the Johnstone's Paint Trophy so we can get as many league games in as possible."
MacDonald has made six starts and one substitute appearance during his latest loan spell at Argyle, and scored one goal.
He also spent two months with the Pilgrims at the end of the last League Two campaign.
MacDonald was on target in the 1-1 draw against Paul Sturrock's Southend United at Home Park last Saturday.
The 22-year-old has been playing on the right of midfield for Argyle, with Cameroon-born Madjo leading the attack.
Madjo has made six appearances, including four starts, and grabbed his first goal in the 1-1 draw at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday.
Fletcher said: "Guy has settled in and the lads have taken to him.
"When he plays he's a focal point for us, and I was pleased he got his goal. It probably wasn't the best game he has played for us but he scored, so that's great."
Wimbledon won 1-0 at home to Chesterfield in their League Two season-opener on August 18, but have picked up only four points out of a possible 27 since then.
They have lost five of their last six fixtures, with the exception being a 1-0 win away to Wycombe on September 22. Wimbledon, in their third match with Simon Bassey as their caretaker manager, lost 3-2 at Oxford on Tuesday, despite leading 2-1 at half-time.
Fletcher said: "From all reports, they played well against Oxford and were unlucky to lose, so we know it's going to be a real tough test for us.
"We are looking forward to the game and, hopefully, getting a good performance and a good result."
Durrell Berry is set to return at right-back for Argyle after serving a one-match suspension against Wycombe, when Curtis Nelson deputised for him.
It was not the first time Nelson has done that because Berry missed the first three matches of the season with a knee injury."
Fletcher said: "Durrell is the only natural right-back we have got at the club.
"Obviously, Nelse has filled in a little bit this season and done it admirably, but that's Durrell's specific position.
"Unfortunately, Durrell didn't have a lot of pre-season and the fact he missed the game on Tuesday has probably done him a favour."
Meanwhile, summer signing Jamie Lowry is expected to start full training with the rest of the Argyle first team squad next week.
Lowry, 25, has been sidelined by an ankle ligament injury which he suffered in the Pilgrims' second pre-season friendly, a 1-0 win at Truro City on July 24.