Striker Nick Chadwick returns from six-match suspension for Plymouth Argyle
STRIKER Nick Chadwick returns to the Argyle squad after a six-match suspension for the visit to AFC Wimbledon tonight.
Chadwick has been sidelined for almost two months because of his lengthy ban, for which he was separately disciplined by the League Two club.
The 30-year-old was sent-off for violent conduct in the first half of the Pilgrims' 4-0 defeat at Port Vale on January 5.
That would have usually resulted in a three-match suspension.
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However, the ban was doubled by the Football Association because of a similar incident at the start of the match which was not spotted by any of the officials but was captured on camera.
John Sheridan was appointed as Argyle manager the day after the heavy defeat at Port Vale so Chadwick has not had an opportunity to play for him.
Whether that chance comes against Wimbledon in the bottom-of-the-table tussle at Kingsmeadow remains to be seen.
One thing is for sure, though. Chadwick will be desperate to make amends for his disciplinary indiscretion at Port Vale.
He will also have the confidence of knowing he scored the winning goal for the Pilgrims when they won 2-1 at Wimbledon last March.
Argyle coach Gary Owers said: "He's available and he has worked very hard during his suspension. He has kept his head down, which was the right thing to do in the circumstances.
"He gives us an extra body up front to consider. He will come into the squad and I think he will figure somewhere in John's thinking."
Sheridan could choose between Chadwick and on-loan Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid to lead the Argyle attack tonight.
Reid has started the last five matches but has not got any goals. Indeed, the Pilgrims have only netted twice in that period.
Both of those goals came from on-loan Crystal Palace winger Jason Banton in the 2-1 win at Aldershot Town on February 9.
Owers said: "The games have been very close. We just need someone to score a goal for us.
"The onus is on everybody in the team to try to score a goal. That's something we have got to sort very quickly.
"If we are not going to score a goal we are never going to win any games between now and the end of the season. That simply can't happen."
Reid's one-month loan to Argyle ends tonight and Owers confirmed no decision had been made yet on whether it would be extended.
The same applies to Banton, whose loan from Crystal Palace expires after the clash with Barnet at Home Park on Saturday.
Argyle will assess the fitness of right-back Durrell Berry before the relegation 'six-pointer' against Wimbledon.
Berry was ruled out of the 1-0 defeat away to Northampton Town on Saturday by 'a touch of tendonitis' in a knee, according to Owers.
Maxime Blanchard, who usually plays as a central defender, filled in at right-back for the Pilgrims at Sixfields Stadium.
Owers added: "We have got quite a big squad and it's just trying to find the right balance to see us through to win the game tonight."