AFC Wimbledon will not be looking to bring in a striker before January, after injury ruled out former Crystal Palace man Kwesi Appiah until November.
Going into Saturday’s game at Northampton Town, the Dons are without a goal in four League One games and are currently in the relegation zone with nine points from 12 games played.
Many point towards the sale of striker Tom Elliott to Millwall in the summer as the root of Wimbledon’s problems.
With Appiah injured and Cody McDonald and Lyle Taylor struggling for form, manager Neal Ardley even tried defender Darius Charles up front in last weekend’s defeat to Oxford United.
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While outside the transfer window, the Dons are still able to bring in out-of-contract striker to bolster their squad, but Ardley doesn’t believe the right players will be available until the window reopens in January.
“There isn’t that many out there that we can bring in at the moment,” he told Get Surrey
“We will look for January and see if there is anything we can do, but as it stands we can’t get anything before January. There’s nothing out there.
Decision to put former Brentford defender up front at Oxford United backfired, admits AFC Wimbledon boss
“There’s no point bringing in a player who has to get up to speed and isn’t fit and takes four or five weeks to do that. By that time, you’ve just brought him in for the sake of it and he isn’t better than what you’ve got.”
And while Appiah is back in training, Ardley predicts he won’t be back in action until November.
“Kwesi has started doing some running at the end of last week and he will probably be another few weeks, two to three weeks, before we get him back.”