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Robbo: Ready for return to action

18 October 2014

Manager Karl Robinson says his players can’t wait to be back playing football this afternoon.

The Dons were without a game last weekend due to the international break, but return to the field later today when they take on Leyton Orient at Matchroom Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

"I missed being on the touchline and the players missed being on the pitch,” he told MK Dons Player. “It’ll be great to be back on the frontline competing for points once again.

“There is no better feeling than at 5pm when you’ve just won a football match and we’ve missed that for a weekend, so hopefully we can get it back on Saturday.”

The ten-day break provided most of the Dons squad with a chance to rest and recover as well as give the side’s international trio time to return from duty – although there is some doubt regarding Dele Alli, who only featured for England Under-19s in Luxembourg on Wednesday.

“All the players who would have been doubts for last Saturday are back. There are one or two players with a bit of a cold but apart from that there’s not too much to worry about.

“Reevesy’s still riding on the crest of a wave after the week he’s had, and Griggy’s come back raring to go again too so we’re not in a bad place at all. We’re going there with a very good team, full of confidence and looking forward to playing football again.”

He continued: “We’ll check up on (Alli’s) GPS information from his time with England and make a decision on what we do with him on Saturday. We’ve got a welfare issue because he’s a young player and he need to make sure he get it right.

Today’s opponents, Orient, have only picked up one point from their first five home games this season, but Robinson insists his side will still have to be at their very best if they are to record back to back away victories for the first time in 2014/15.

“We’ve got a game plan and we’ve worked hard in the classroom on it,” he added. “Not many people just walk into Orient and come away with a victory unscathed, so we know we’re going to have to be at our best to get anything out of the game.

“This is the time of year that can sometimes determine how well you’re going to do because you can put yourself in a wonderful position heading into the second half of the season.

“We generally take a decent following down there and Tony the kit man tells me it’s the perfect away day. It’s a good one for the fans, one they look for because it’s an opportunity to get down into London and hopefully we can put a show on for them.”

Tickets for the clash with Leyton Orient are available to on the day at Matchroom Stadium, priced at £25 for adults and £16 for over-65s and under-18s.

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