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Team news for Wednesday's League One clash between MK Dons and Colchester at Stadium:mk.

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Stephen Gleeson: Set to play from the start

Stephen Gleeson: Set to play from the start

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Stephen Gleeson is likely to go straight back into the MK Dons starting line-up against Colchester.

Gleeson served a one-match suspension as the Dons were beaten 3-1 by in-form Brentford on Sunday.

Manager Karl Robinson admitted his side had missed Gleeson at Griffin Park and he is expected to resume his central midfield partnership alongside fellow Irishman Darren Potter, which would see Alan Smith drop out of the team.

Dele Alli made his return from a month-long injury absence as a second-half substitute against the Bees and the teenage winger may be pushing for a starting role on New Year's Day.

Robinson also has the likes of Tom Flanagan, George Baldock, Brendon Galloway, Jason Banton and Antony Kay to call on should he wish to make any more changes to his team.

Boss Joe Dunne must decide whether to change his starting XI for the first time in four games as Colchester make the trip to MK Dons on New Year's Day.

Dunne kept faith with the same team which had seen off Oldham and Stevenage when struggling Crewe visited the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Sunday, only to fall to a frustrating 2-1 defeat.

The likes of Sanchez Watt, Clinton Morrison and Alex Gilbey are among those pushing for recalls as the U's play their fourth game in 12 days.

Fit-again striker Freddie Sears will again look to make the bench as he strives to get minutes under his belt but Gavin Massey (hamstring) and Drey Wright (knee) are not yet ready while defender Josh Thompson (ankle) also remains sidelined.

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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 Tue, 21 Oct 2014

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