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Houghton sidelined after Barnet injury

Midfielder out alongside Louis Thompson and Jay Bird while Joe Mason continues to make progress...

1 December 2020

Jordan Houghton is set for a spell on the sidelines due to the injury he sustained against Barnet, manager Russell Martin has revealed.

Houghton was forced off following a heavy challenge during Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup tie at The Hive – a challenge which went unpunished despite its reckless nature and poor timing.

“I can’t believe that wasn’t a foul – it was a horrible tackle,” Martin said in his pre-match press conference ahead of MK Dons’ Sky Bet League One clash with Charlton Athletic at The Valley.

“It was a horrible tackle, that wasn’t needed at that stage of the game and in that area of the pitch, but the player has got away with it and Jordan hasn’t.

“Jordan’s really upset with it. He’s has got a scan tomorrow but we think we’ll be without him for the next three to four weeks, at least. We hope to have him back fairly soon after that.”

While Houghton will now join Louis Thompson and Jay Bird on the Dons’ list of longer-term absentees, Martin is hopeful of soon being able to welcome Joe Mason back into the squad.

The striker, who hasn’t featured since the 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic in October, is making progress, with Martin describing his improvement as “getting there slowly but surely”.

Defender George Williams made it through his first match in a month - Sunday's win over Barnet - unscathed.

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