David Kasumu returned to action for the first time in over three months on Monday, but MK Dons were hit with a double injury blow in the defeat to Crewe Alexandra.
Kasumu, who hadn’t featured since 19 December prior to Monday, came off the bench to play the final half an hour against Crewe – a welcome sight for boss Russell Martin and the Dons.
“It's a really big boost for us,” Martin said in his post-match press conference.
“He's looked really good in training and he did well. He looked a bit rusty when he came on but he has been out for a long time. The longer the game went on, he looked more comfortable - he did some brilliant bits we come to expect from him.
“He'll be an important player for the rest of the season and next.”
It wasn’t all good news, however, with both Cameron Jerome and Louis Thompson forced off the pitch within minutes of each other. Martin provided an early update on the pair following the match.
“Cammy was precautionary,” Martin said. “He felt something but hopefully he'll be okay.
“With Louis, we'll have to wait and see. Hopefully we've caught it early enough because he's been really unlucky with injuries.”
MK Dons will look to bounce back this Saturday when they take on Ipswich Town at Portman Road.
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