MK Dons remain without striker Aaron Wilbraham for the visit of Bournemouth.
Wilbraham was sent off during the defeat at Paul Ince’s Notts County over a fortnight ago and is still waiting to serve a one-match suspension after a run of postponements.
On-loan QPR striker Angelo Balanta will be out of action until March with an ankle injury and joint top scorer Sam Baldock remains sidelined. The striker has scored five league goals this season but is still out with an injured ankle sustained against Sheffield Wednesday.
Utility player Jude Stirling is nearing a return to action after a groin strain but will not make the squad. Defender Sean O’Hanlon may make the bench after some improvement in the condition of a stomach muscle injury.
Striker Jemal Johnson and midfielder Adam Chicksen had missed training through illness but look to have recovered in time.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hopes Joe Partington and Shaun Cooper can recover from minor injuries to feature against MK Dons.
Defender Partington suffered a small knock in training, though he is expected to bounce back, while it is also hoped midfielder Cooper can overcome a groin strain.
The Cherries have been boosted by the news that on-loan striker Nicholas Bignall has agreed to stay another month at Dean Court and will be available to start.
Shwan Jalal is making a swift recovery from a fractured eye socket and has returned to first-team training but the game against the Dons is expected to come too early for the goalkeeper.
Defender Ryan Garry is set to miss out again with a shin injury which will keep him out for around four weeks.