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Karl confirms XI for EFL Cup clash

8 August 2016

Karl Robinson has taken the unorthodox approach of naming his side for Tuesday’s EFL Cup tie at Newport County well in advance of kick-off.

The Liverpudlian will field a young and relatively inexperienced side for the clash at Rodney Parade and with the match taking place over 120 miles away, the Liverpudlian wants to be as transparent as possible with the supporters that are considering travelling to South Wales.
 
Speaking after the 1-0 win at Shrewsbury Town, Robinson said: “I will name my team on Monday because I want people to know what we are doing. I will tell the fans my team and they can make the decision from there.
 
“The fans and my players’ welfare are the most important things for me. I will pick a team on their welfare and to reduce the risk (of injury).”
 
Robinson’s starting line-up will include new signings Lee Nicholls and Scott Wootton, while returning defender George B Williams will make his first start at right-back.
 
Otherwise, the team will be made up of young professionals and apprentices, including 16-year-old David Kasumu as well as second-year scholars Andrew Osei-Bonsu and Brandon Thomas-Asante.
 
MK Dons starting XI to face Newport County: Nicholls; GB Williams, Wootton, Jackson, Tilney; Kasumu, Osei-Bonsu; Furlong, Rasulo, Thomas-Asante; Tshimanga.
 
There will be several first-team players on the bench, such as Saturday’s goalscorer Daniel Powell, midfielder Ed Upson and winger George C Williams. On a positive note, Dean Bowditch is set to feature in the matchday squad after recovering from a calf injury sustained in pre-season.

Tickets for Tuesday's EFL Cup tie at Newport County are priced from £12 adults, £8 over-60s/under-21s/students and £5 under-16s, while under-6s go FREE.

To purchase tickets click here, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK/kiosk at centre:mk or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets can be bought from the Club until 2pm on Tuesday.


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