The January transfer window may have closed but MK Dons felt as though they had three new signings at training at Woughton on the Green on Tuesday.
The Dons were given a huge boost at the sight of Luke Chadwick and Daniel Powell back in full training with the remainder of the side. More positive news is also on the horizon as defender Gary MacKenzie stepped up his rehabilitation as he aims to return from a hamstring injury.
The news comes at an ideal time for the Dons who, after back-to-back League defeats, have to make the most of their games in hand to get back within the promotion hunt.
Buoyant by the increasing attacking options now available for selection Karl Robinson told the media how delighted he was to be welcoming players back into the team.
He said: “We’ve got a spring in our step because we have good news with Luke Chadwick, Daniel Powell and Gary MacKenzie being back. When you lose players of their calibre you are going to be weakened.
“It’s great to have them back and around the place, they are going to add to the strong characters and hopefully we will see the impact over the next few weeks. People can’t expect too much too soon, because the players will need to build up their match fitness.”
It has been a tough week for the Dons – having stunned Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup they suffered defeats to Yeovil and AFC Bournemouth and were pushed down the table into 11th place.
The Dons though will not adjust their ambitions, instead the side have held motivational team meetings, re-styled their training schedule and have re-focused on the plan to get into the Championship.
Robinson added: “Our League form over the past month has not been at its best and it has put us in a position where things are difficult but it’s about bouncing back now and having a right good go until the end of the season.
“We’re working for a Football Club that will break records year in, year out. The Club is new, fresh and we all want to be here for the right reasons. Am I happy with the results? No. Will I put it right? Yes. This is a special group of players and I know they will turn it around.
“They’ve not come to let this season pass by; there are too many strong characters out there to influence where we go.
“I’ve been really motivated by the fans over the past few days, I have never been stopped so much by fans telling me to keep going. It means so much to me. People ask me why I didn’t move on to other Football Clubs and that is why, they know how much this means to me and I know how much this means to them as well.”