Both Jon Otsemobor and Izale McLeod started for their respective loan clubs on the weekend but neither player enjoyed the best of debuts.
Right-back Otsemobor completed a one-month loan switch to Sky Bet League 1 rivals Tranmere Rovers on Thursday afternoon and went straight into their side for the visit of Colchester United this past weekend.
However, the 30-year-old’s debut lasted just five minutes after he was forced to be replaced following a collision with the wall behind the goal. Otsemobor was nudged by U’s defender Ryan Dickson when trying to prevent a corner and subsequently fell over the wall and into the Kop Stand.
The former Liverpool trainee did try to carry on but was eventually brought off by manager Ronnie Moore with just five minutes played in the game. Tranmere Rovers did, however, go onto the win the game 2-1 courtesy of a brace from fellow Dons forward Ryan Lowe.
Otsemobor is eligible to play for Rovers’ The FA Cup with Budweiser clash with Peterborough United next Saturday, should he recover from his injury.
Elsewhere, striker McLeod was also given a start by his new side Northampton Town for their important clash with fellow strugglers Accrington Stanley.
The Club’s record goalscorer partnered his former team-mate, and man fourth on the all-time Dons’ goal-scoring charts, Clive Platt upfront for the Cobblers, who ran out 1-0 victors courtesy of a first-half goal from Stuart Dallas.
McLeod was lively throughout his 77 minutes on the pitch, going close to opening his account for the Sky Bet League 2 side on a number of occasions. The 29-year-old’s best chance of scoring came early in the first half but, after being fouled in the penalty area, he failed to beat Stanley ‘keeper Marcus Bettinelli from the spot.
McLeod also saw a second-half strike hit the crossbar and a fine curling effort go just wide of the post, before being replaced by Luke Norris with 13 minutes to go.
The Dons forward will now have to wait two weeks before his next game due to being cup tied for the Cobblers’ Cup clash with Grimsby Town next weekend.