MK Dons v Rochdale preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:40

MK Dons v Rochdale preview

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has the rare luxury this season of a fully-fit squad to choose from.
Gary MacKenzie has recovered from the knock that ruled him out of the last two matches, meaning everyone is fit and available.
MacKenzie is pushing for a place in the starting line up along with fellow defender Adam Smith, who is available again after missing the 2-0 victory at Walsall last weekend through suspension.
Midfielder George Baldock will hope to force his way into Robinson’s thinking after returning from his loan spell at Northampton.
Ahead of the game, Robinson said: “Rochdale will be difficult to beat, they have an awful lot of good players. Nicky Adams is a winger I have looked at bringing in a couple of times but we couldn’t make it happen.
“They will make things difficult and it will be difficult for us to break them down. But we are very, very good at the moment and we are only going to get stronger.”
Dean Holden and Stephen Jordan are both set to feature in the Rochdale defence.
Holden’s move on an emergency loan from Chesterfield was confirmed on Thursday night, with Dale centre-back Neal Trotman moving in the opposite direction.
Former Manchester City left-back Jordan, a free agent since his release by Sheffield United in the summer, made his Dale bow as a substitute in last weekend’s 2-0 loss to Leyton Orient that saw the Spotland outfit slip into the League One relegation zone.
Goalkeeper David Lucas has recovered from four days out with a sickness bug and may push on-loan Blackburn custodian Jake Kean for a starting berth.
Marc Twaddle (hamstring), fellow midfielder Joe Thompson (thigh) and winger Simon Hackney remain on the sidelines as Rochdale look end a winless run stretching back five matches against Karl Robinson’s promotion-chasing Dons.

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