Tranmere v MK Dons preview

Date published: Friday 25th October 2013 1:49

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore has hinted he may hand Abdulai Bell-Baggie a start against MK Dons.

The 21-year-old winger impressed off the bench during the 1-1 draw at Rotherham in midweek and Moore hinted in his Thursday press conference that he could be tempted to use the winger from the start in a 4-4-2 system.

Ian Goodison serves the second game of his three-match ban, while Joe Thompson (illness), Andy Robinson and James Wallace (both knee), Sam Ramsbottom (ankle), Evan Horwood (groin) and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (abscess) are all still in the treatment room.

Midfielder Steve Jennings is set to make his second home debut at Prenton Park after returning to the club after a four-year absence ahead of Tuesday’s draw.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson confirmed to the media on Thursday that new signing Jordan Spence will start at centre-back against Tranmere.

Spence, signed on loan from West Ham on a deal until November 23, will make his debut for the Milton Keynes club alongside Shaun Williams who returns from a one-match suspension.

Also expected to come back is goalkeeper David Martin, having missed the home defeat to Carlisle on Tuesday night with a calf injury. However, Stephen Gleeson, also suffering from a calf problem, will probably remain on the sidelines along with fellow midfielders Dean Bowditch (hip) and Dele Alli (ankle) and defender Antony Kay (hip).

Despite the absentees, Robinson does have competition for places – most notably at right-back with Lee Hodson, Jon Otsemobor and George Baldock all vying for the starting berth.

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Tranmere v MK Dons preview

Date published: Friday 9th December 2011 2:17

Tranmere boss Les Parry will make a late assessment on the fitness of striker Enoch Showunmi.

Showunmi had yet to resume training by Thursday following an ankle injury, but Parry will give the 29-year-old target man every opportunity to prove his availability despite admitting his hopes were fading.

“I tend to think with things like ankles, if he’s not right on the Thursday, the chances of him being right on the Saturday are slim,” the manager told Tranmere’s official website.

“If he is available, even if he’s not 100%, we’ve then got a decision to make about whether to start him.”

Midfielder Martin Devaney is in contention for a starting place against the Dons having trained all week on the back of a groin complaint.

Full-back Zoumana Bakayogo is at least two weeks away from action due to a knee problem, while goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams remains sidelined with a broken hand.

MK Dons will have David Martin and Darren Potter available.

Goalkeeper Martin and midfielder Potter were forced off through injury during the FA Cup second-round victory against Barnet last weekend.

A dead leg saw Martin substituted just before half-time while Potter, who scored his first goal for the club in the 3-1 win at Underhill, went off with a back problem towards the end of the game.

Mark Beevers comes back into the reckoning after the defender was forced to miss the cup tie under the terms of his loan from Sheffield Wednesday.

Midfielders Luke Chadwick and Stephen Gleeson are strong contenders to return to the starting line up after both players were rested last weekend.

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Tranmere v MK Dons preview

Date published: Friday 29th October 2010 11:58

Tranmere manager Les Parry is assessing his attacking options ahead of the visit of MK Dons.

Enoch Showunmi has not trained all week after sustaining a knock and is rated 50-50 for the weekend’s game, but Parry will leave naming his squad until the last minute to give him every chance of playing.

Zoumana Bakayogo is set to keep his starting place as Aaron Cresswell failed to train this week and is struggling to be fit because of a hip injury.

Scott Wootton has returned to parent club Manchester United and leaves a place to fill in the centre of defence. Marlon Broomes could return after playing 90 minutes for the reserves on his comeback from injury, while Nick Wood could also play.

Dale Jennings missed training on Thursday as a precaution but should be fit to face Karl Robinson’s men.

MK Dons midfielder Peter Leven returns for the trip to Tranmere.

Leven missed the 1-0 win at home to Exeter last weekend with a one-match ban but will be back at Prenton Park.

On-loan QPR forward Angelo Balanta is still missing, though, as he serves the second game of a three-match suspension.

Captain Dean Lewington (knee) and former Germany international Didi Hamann (hamstring) have both joined in with some training this week but might not be ready for the weekend.

Winger Luke Chadwick limped through the end of the Exeter game with a knock and will be checked on Friday.

Midfielder Luke Howell will not feature after he became Steve Tilson’s first signing as Lincoln manager after agreeing a one-month loan deal.

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