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Sweeney faces six weeks out, and Ardley puts faith in the unknown
AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley has continued his recruitment drive to avoid relegation with a double swoop into the loan market for two untested strikers.
Ardley has signed 19-year-old Brennan Dickenson from Brighton & Hove Albion on an initial month-long loan.
While Dickenson has not made any appearances for the Championship club, he had a spell at Chesterfield earlier in the year scoring once in 11 outings.
Ardley told the club website: "Brennan is direct and can play on the wing, which is what we need with Toby Ajala having left."
Ardley had brought in winger Kevin Sainte Luce - but the Frenchman's availability is curtailed until March 26 by a court-enforced curfew.
The Dons boss has also dipped into his former academy at Cardiff City again to bring Jesse Darko to Kingsmeadow – also on an initial month-long loan.
The 19-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for Cardiff, but he told the Dons website: "All season I have been trying to get out on loan and get first-team games under my belt.
“I am looking to do what I can for the team and help Wimbledon stay up.
"I worked with Neal Ardley for three years and he knows what I am like as a player. He knows that I will work hard for the team and do my best to help the club in this situation."
Meanwhile, midfield Peter Sweeney could be out of action for up to six weeks after picking up a foot injury in the League Two clash with Northampton Town on Tuesday night.
It is suspected the 28-year-old Scot has fractured his foot, but Ardley is sweating on the results of an X-ray today.