Nix is a doubt as Stags wait on Smith decision

STAGS’ midfield ace Kyle Nix remains touch and go to face AFC Wimbledon in tomorrow night’s huge match at Field Mill.

Nix suffered a calf injury in a nasty tackle in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Gateshead and boss David Holdsworth said: “Kyle is playing very well and we don’t want to lose him.

“But he is touch and go right now and time is against him being fit.”

Holdsworth already looks to be forced into another change with Adam Smith being suspended for three games following his red card on Saturday though Holdsworth is trying to get in touch with referee Peter Bankes to see if he will change his mind.

“I spoke to him after the game and he was very receptive,” he said. “I am trying to get hold of him today to hear his thoughts.

“If he still feels it was intentional then I understand and will respect that.”

If Smith is ruled out then summer signing Ashley Cain is likely to make his first start.

Skipper Steve Foster is almost certain to step straight back into the side after missing Saturday’s game at Gateshead through suspension, though youngster Tom Naylor did well.

AFC Wimbledon arrive at Field Mill after dropping two more points, held at home by Forest Green on Saturday and are three points behind leaders Crawley in second spot, another three ahead of Stags.

But Holdsworth said: “This a massive game tomorrow. Expectation levels at Wimbledon are the top one or two.

“Of course we want to bear the teams expected to be at the top but we are the underdogs at home tomorrow.

“It will be all about how we start. And I want to see us play our football.

“Before the sending-off on Saturday I thought we played some of the best football I have seen since I came here.”