MK Dons v Huddersfield preview

Team news for Saturday's first leg of the League One play-off semi-final between MK Dons and Huddersfield at Stadium:MK (kick-off 12:30pm).

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Karl Robinson expects to welcome back Gary MacKenzie for this crucial clash.

The centre-back missed the Dons' final-day defeat to Walsall through illness but should be fit for selection.

Luke Chadwick picked up a knock in that fixture after replacing Adam Chicksen but is also expected to recover in time.

Defender Mathias Doumbe has missed several games through injury recently and could remain sidelined.

Leading scorer Dean Bowditch is fit and is set to lead the line with Charlie MacDonald.

Former Leeds striker Alan Smith, currently on-loan from Newcastle, is also fit and is likely to keep his place behind the front men.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes is expected to return to the starting line-up.

Rhodes, who has scored 38 goals in all competitions this season, has been rested in Town's last two matches after manager Simon Grayson said he had appeared jaded.

Kallum Higginbotham has started alongside Lee Novak in his absence, but Rhodes stepped off the substitutes' bench for the last quarter of an hour in Town's final game of the regular season against Yeovil.

Fellow striker Alan Lee, also rested in the last two games after recovering from a knee injury, will return to contention, leaving Grayson with a dilemma as to who to start with up front at stadiummk.

Midfielder Anton Robinson, winger Gary Roberts and defender Tom Clarke are all pushing for recalls, while Grayson can call on defenders Nathan Clarke, Liam Ridehalgh and Murray Wallace, plus midfielder Matt Crooks following their return from respective loan spells.

Grayson, bidding for his third promotion from League One, has no new injury or suspension problems.

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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
Barnsley v Bristol C  
Coventry v Peterboro  
Crewe v Sheff Utd  
Doncaster v MK Dons  
Gillingham v Crawley  
Oldham v Bradford  
Port Vale v Leyton Or  
Preston v Fleetwood  
Scunthrpe v Notts Co  
Swindon v Colchester  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 14 15 32
2 Peterboro 14 8 26
3 Preston 12 12 25
4 MK Dons 12 12 23
5 Notts Co 13 8 23
6 Sheff Utd 13 3 23
7 Swindon 12 10 22
8 Oldham 14 5 22
9 Rochdale 13 8 20
10 Chesterfld 13 3 19
11 Fleetwood 14 2 19
12 Bradford 14 0 19
13 Crawley 14 -10 17
14 Colchester 14 -1 16
15 Leyton Or 13 0 15
16 Barnsley 13 -2 15
17 Doncaster 12 -8 14
18 Port Vale 14 -6 13
19 Gillingham 14 -7 13
20 Coventry 14 -8 13
21 Yeovil 14 -11 13
22 Crewe 14 -18 13
23 Walsall 14 -4 12
24 Scunthrpe 14 -11 12

Updated Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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