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Cheltenham Town manager Michael Duff on Alfie May’s form, Cheltenham Festival and Dan Nlundulu injury update

Cheltenham Town will be hoping to make it three wins out of four on Saturday as the Robins are set to host an out of form AFC Wimbledon side at the Jonny-Rocks.

Following the impressive 3-1 win away against relegation threatened Morecambe, Cheltenham currently sit in 13th, within touching distance of a top half finish which at the start of the season, would have been seen as impossible.

Michael Duff’s sides hopes will depend on the strong form of goal scoring sensation Alfie May to maintain their strong form, with May’s 18 league goals of late sitting him joint fourth amongst League 1’s Top Scorers.

With May having three goals in the teams last four games, the February League 1 Player of the Month is now six goals behind Cheltenham’s all-Time EFL top scorer in Julian Alsop.

The 44-year-old was full of praise of May, and appeared relieved at the signing of his contract extension at the start of the year.

“It’s quite clearly proved the best piece of business we’ve done in January.”

May’s goals will be massively important for the team going forward, with the likes of Callum Wright and Andy Williams, on six and five league goals respectively, also expected to help in that department.

The importance on their current goal scorers has been increased however following a number of serious injuries to their other options in attack, with loanees Dan Nlundulu and Kion Etete currently absent.

Speaking on Nlundulu, Duff didn’t appear optimistic of a return for the Saints loanee, and it seems unlikely the 23-year-old will add to his four appearances and solitary goal against Charlton.

“He’s been scanned by different radiologists who’ve read it differently from others. It’s been seven weeks this weekend and he’s still some way off the grass, so if it gets to nine or 10 weeks then you’re getting towards the end of the season, so you won’t get him fit anyway.”

In better news for the team, with the Cheltenham Festival well underway now, up-to 250,000 people are expected to descend upon the town during the week.

Like many teams over the years, the squad had a day out at the Cheltenham Festival during the week, and Duff appeared relieved to not hear of any trouble caused by the team.

“I’ve not seen them. So I’m hoping no news is good news. I’m sure they had a good day, they’ve earned it, they’ve worked hard, but they’ll be back at it today” Duff continued.

“We’ve not had many opportunities to get the team together and I think the least you can do, if you play for Cheltenham, is get a day at the races.”

They are set to face the winless in 2022 AFC Wimbledon, with their barren run that stretches back to December 7, leaving them sitting outside the relegation zone only on goal difference.

With Cheltenham Town having nine games to go for the season, they face a difficult set of games after Saturday, facing play-off hopefuls Plymouth Argyle.

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