MK Dons return to League 1 action this Tuesday night when they travel to Huish Park to take on an in-form Yeovil Town side.
The Dons will arrive in Somerset in a buoyant mood following their crushing of Premier League side Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday while the Glovers haven’t played since 12th January, when they ran out 2-0 victors over promotion favourites Sheffield United.
Gary Johnson’s men have surprised many this season and currently lie just one place and one point behind the Dons in 9th position having played a game more. Striker Paddy Madden has tallied 11 goals already this season while fellow front-man James Hayter is a goal behind him on 10.
Karl Robinson’s side came out on top the last time the two teams met back in September thanks to a late Charlie MacDonald strike, and the Dons boss will be eager to the double over the Glovers as they look to reclaim a play-off spot by picking up three points in one of their several games in hand.
Defender Gary MacKenzie will miss out on the trip to Huish Park after he was forced off early in the 4-2 win over QPR, with Shaun Williams expected to replace him at the back.
William’s re-shuffle opens up a place in the centre of midfield for either Ryan Harley or Chris Lines, the latter in search of his first start in Dons colours having made his debut for the Club as a late substitute on the weekend.
The Dons will also be without Daniel Powell as he remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, meaning both Adam Chicksen
and Dean Bowditch are expected to keep their places in the starting XI after they put in impressive performances against the Superhoops.
Luke Chadwick and Stephen Gleeson remain long-term absentees, although Chadwick has stepped up his rehabilitation from a knee ligament injury and has began running.
Robinson will be boosted, though, by the return of striker Izale McLeod, who has only played 70 minutes of football since returning to the Dons in early January due to postponements and being cup-tied.
Elsewhere, centre-back Tom Flanagan will be keen to retain a place on the bench having recovered from a broken foot while George Baldock will be hopeful of making the squad after he returned to training this week.