Dons star suffers injury against Portsmouth but insists he will be fit for League Two action

11:25 09 August 2012

Pim Balkestein has left Brentford for AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Nigel French/PA Archive

Pim Balkestein has left Brentford for AFC Wimbledon. Picture: Nigel French/PA Archive

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Pim Balkestein has a stiff ankle

AFC Wimbledon defender Pim Balkestein has been dealt a slight injury blow after being forced off against Portsmouth.

With the new season beginning next week, with a Capital One Cup tie against Stevenage it is not the best time to sustain an injury.

“I had a bit of a stiff ankle,” Balkestein told London24. “It’s just from the hard work at the training ground. I’m getting better.

“Pre-season is about getting fit and to get your fitness up.

“Your body has to get used to playing games again after two to three months off.”

The Dons were beaten 2-0 by Portsmouth in their final pre-season friendly, meaning they have lost all their games against higher placed opposition and Balkestein pulled no punches as to what he thought.

“The first half was not the best but the second half we proved we can push forward,” the Dutchman added.

“I think we faced a decent side and we created 10 clear chances and we had a few in the first half.

“We could have won this game. It’s something you have to be proud of.

“The chances we gave away in the first half was not good enough.”

With Portsmouth facing oblivion on Friday they were still backed by vociferous fans who never stopped singing.

“It was impressive how they supported the team,” Balkestein added.

“You can only be proud of those fans and how they come up in those kind of games.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest football news

Monday, November 30, 2015
Yannick Bolasie (2nd L) of Crystal Palace scores his team's fourth goal (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

It was an unbeaten weekend for our London sides but Crystal Palace made the headlines with their stunning 5-1 win over Newcastle. But how many of their stars made it into our XI?

Monday, November 30, 2015
West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna on the ball against West Bromwich Albion (pic: PA/Steve Paston).

Hammers defender Angelo Ogbonna delighted to be back in the team

Monday, November 30, 2015
Dean Smith, manager of Walsall (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Dean Smith has left Walsall to become the new head coach of Brentford.

Monday, November 30, 2015
Leyton Orient defender Cole Kpekawa, on-loan from QPR, in action against AFC Wimbledon (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Queens Park Rangers youngster discusses settling in at Brisbane Road, keeping his place and his footballing heroes

Monday, November 30, 2015
Ramires of Chelsea is challenged by Vitaliy Buyalskiy of Dynamo Kiev (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Ramires has uploaded photos of his one-on-one Chelsea training session with six days to go until their clash with Bournemouth.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


Nike Trainers

Nike’s motto is ‘to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.’ With this in mind it’s no surprise why Nike is the preferred training gear for most A-list athletes. Get an extra boost in your run or height in your jump with £500 to spend on Nike trainers.

Read more
MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

Latest Tech News