MK Dons v Shrewsbury preview

Team news ahead of Tuesday's League One clash between MK Dons and Shrewsbury at Stadiummk.

Last Updated: 11/03/13 at 16:52   

Ian McLoughlin: Hoping to win injury battle

Ian McLoughlin: Hoping to win injury battle

The Dons hope Ian McLoughlin will recover from an ankle knock to retain his place in goal.

With first-choice keeper David Martin set to be absent for a fifth game due to a back complaint, the hosts need McLoughlin to be fit or manager Karl Robinson will have to field an academy teenager on Tuesday night.

McLoughlin was nursing an ankle injury following the goalless draw with Sheffield United on Saturday but the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is expected to be okay.

Daniel Powell is a doubt after the winger pulled up after half-an-hour at Bramall Lane.

On-loan striker Patrick Bamford made his return from over two months out with a hamstring strain at the weekend and the Chelsea teenager will be involved again after suffering no ill effects.

Midfielder Stephen Gleeson got another 15 minutes under his belt against the Blades as he continues his rehabilitation from a broken foot and the playmaker is expected to be named on the bench again.

However, winger Luke Chadwick will remain out with a hip flexor problem.

Shrews boss Graham Turner has plenty to ponder ahead of the trip to Milton Keynes.

Striker Chris Porter and winger Jon Taylor both returned from respective hamstring and groin injuries to start Saturday's frustrating 2-0 defeat at home to Leyton Orient.

The pair's return was part of four changes made by Turner for what turned out to be Town's third successive league defeat, defender Yado Mambo and midfielder Luke Summerfield also coming in.

Rob Edwards continues to miss out with his quad muscle injury but Marvin Morgan, Stephen McGinn and Paul Parry will be pressing for recalls at stadiummk, as will the likes of Luke Rodgers and Rob Purdie.

Long-term absentee Jermaine Grandison is not quite ready but could be involved in Town's matchday 18 at Crewe at the weekend, while midfielder Mark Wright (knee) may well return to training this week but needs to regain match fitness before being considered for selection.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston
Bristol C v Notts Co
Carlisle v Walsall
Colchester v Oldham
Coventry v Swindon
Crawley v Leyton Or
Gillingham v Tranmere
Port Vale v MK Dons
Shrewsbury v Crewe
Wolves v Rotherham

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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