Jordan Houghton believes that the strength in depth in midfield can only be viewed as a positive for him and the rest of the squad.
The Dons added the experienced Andrew Surman to their ranks last week. He joins the contingent that currently consists of Houghton, Ben Gladwin, Scott Fraser, David Kasumu, Lasse Sorensen and John Freeman in midfield.
Russell Martin also has Louis Thompson out injured – who will add to the selection headache once he returns to action.
“The midfield has a lot of competition,” Houghton told the local media ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Shrewsbury Town. “All over the pitch we have good competition for players - a lot of players can play multiple positions.
“We’ve some really good players in midfield and that pushes us every day and makes us work harder every day. You’ve got to keep working as there is a lot of games in a short period.
“It might not even be you’re dropped because you’re playing badly, it could be because you need a rest. As players, we need to be ready whenever we are called upon.”
MK Dons welcome Shrewsbury Town to Stadium MK this evening – a clash Houghton knows will be a tough test.
“I’ve played enough games in this league to know there isn’t an easy game. We know heading into every game the opposition can cause us trouble in certain areas.
“We’ll look at how they play and work in training to see how we can hurt them and work on preventing them from hurting our weaknesses.”