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Preview: UCD

9 July 2013

The Dons will return to action this evening when they take on University College Dublin (UCD).

Karl Robinson will once again break his squad up into two teams but this time round one side will play 60 minutes and the other side will feature for 30 minutes.

On Wednesday the Dons will play in a behind-closed-doors match which will allow each player to complete 90 minutes over two games.

The Dons will make a late call on whether or not Patrick Bamford will play a part in the evening’s proceedings. The striker took a number of kicks to the ankle in the 2-0 win over St James Gate on Monday night and was taken off early as a precaution.

One player who will not be featuring is Stephen Gleeson as the Dons midfielder was granted special permission to fly back to England to take part in a testimonial match for his former physio at Stockport County, Rodger Wylde. 

Meanwhile, Adam Chicksen once again looks set to miss out with an ankle knock.

Speaking to mkdons.com Head of Coaching, Gary Waddock said: “At this stage the games are a fitness exercise, players will make mistakes and it doesn’t matter what the score line is. These games in Ireland are purely about the fitness of the players, you can’t look too much into performances and results.

“Sometimes you can have a fantastic pre-season, win all the games, put in some great performances and then across the season it’s a flat season. You can’t gage how things will go in the season from these games. 

“With the weather conditions it is very difficult for the players, so we’ll let them get a few more games under their belt before we start going into any great detail regarding their performances.”

UCD will provide another tough challenge for the Dons this evening as they currently compete in the Irish Premier Division.

Managed by former Leicester City and Middlesbrough midfielder Mick Russell, UCD are currently tenth in the Airtricity Premier Division, three points above the drop zone. Last time out, the Students beat mid-table outfit Cork City 3-0.

Striker David McMillan scored a brace in that victory, bringing his tally to 12 for the season; however his impressive performances saw him make the switch to rivals Sligo Rovers just five days ago.

Tickets are priced as follows: Adults €10; Students (with a valid ID card) - €5; School children - €5. Tickets are cash only.

UCD address: University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Co. Dublin, Ireland

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