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Dons finalise Spence loan

MK Dons have signed West Ham United defender Jordan Spence on a 28-day emergency loan deal.
MK Dons have signed West Ham United defender Jordan Spence on a 28-day emergency loan deal. Credit: PA

MK Dons have signed West Ham United defender Jordan Spence on a 28-day emergency loan deal.

The 23-year-old possesses significant Football League experience, having previously spent time on loan at the likes of Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday.

Spence, who can play either right-back or in the centre of defence, will provide cover for the injured Anthony Kay during his time at Stadium:MK.

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Injury setbacks for Dons pair

Dele Alli has been ruled out for the next two months.
Dele Alli has been ruled out for the next two months. Credit: PA

MK Dons have been handed a double injury blow after the club announced that Dele Alli and Dean Bowditch will both be for sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Promising youngster Alli, who is widely considered as one of the hottest prospects in the Football League, limped off towards the back-end of last week's victory over Stevenage.

Dons Head of Sports Medicine Simon Crampton has now confirmed to the club's official website that the injury will rule the 17-year-old out for the next two months.

"Dele was injured after a tackle in the win over Stevenage last weekend.

"Unfortunately he has suffered a rupture to one of his ligaments in his ankle. This means he will now need to undergo a period of treatment and rehabilitation and is likely to be sideline for up to 8-10 weeks.”

MK Dons fans will have to wait a while yet for the return of Dean Bowditch.
MK Dons fans will have to wait a while yet for the return of Dean Bowditch. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, striker Bowditch is also some way off a return to first-team action after he suffered a setback that will keep him out for a while yet.

The former Ipswich Town trainee underwent groin surgery in the summer.

Dons dealt Kay blow

Anthony Kay faces approximately three months out of action
Anthony Kay faces approximately three months out of action Credit: PA

MK Dons have been dealt an injury blow after the club confirmed that Anthony Kay will be missing for around three months.

The 30-year-old had surgery on a persistent hip problem yesterday and will begin his rehabilitation programme next week.

Head of Sports Medicine Simon Crampton told the club's official website that surgery was a necessary measure:

“Obviously this was not an ideal situation and Antony was playing through the pain barrier to get through games and therefore the decision was taken for him to have surgery over the weekend.

“The surgery was successful and he will now undergo a rehabilitation period but unfortunately it means he will be out for approximately 12 weeks.“

Stadium MK to host young Lions

Norwich City's Nathan Redmond will be among the young stars hoping to feature at Stadium MK
Norwich City's Nathan Redmond will be among the young stars hoping to feature at Stadium MK Credit: PA

Stadium MK will host England Under-21's crucial UEFA European qualifier against Finland, the Football Association have announced.

The game will take place on Thursday 14 November, with a 19:45 kick-off.

It will be the third time that the home of MK Dons has staged an Under-21 international, following fixtures with Bulgaria and Azerbaijan in 2007 and 2009 respectively.

The Young Lions, who are likely to include Norwich City's Nathan Redmond in their squad, currently trail Finland by four points in Group 1 but victory in Buckinghamshire would go a long way to reducing that deficit.

England also travel to another one of the region's grounds, Ipswich Town's Portman Road, on Tuesday 15 October when they host Lithuania.

England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate told the Football Association's website that home advantage could allow his team to take control of the Group:

“It’s always good to be back on home soil for our qualifiers and hopefully we can get the results we want from these matches.

“It’s a busy start to the qualifying campaign for us, but we want to try and be in control of the group going into next year.

“We’re spoilt with the pitches that we get to play on here in England so we’ll be looking forward to these games.”

Ticket details for the clash at Stadium MK are listed on the club's official website.

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MacKenzie completes Blackpool move

Gary MacKenzie has left MK Dons on a permanent basis
Gary MacKenzie has left MK Dons on a permanent basis Credit: PA

MK Dons defender Gary MacKenzie has left the club to join Championship side Blackpool.

The Scottish centre-half spent time on loan with the Seasiders last season, and has now signed a two-year contract to stay at Bloomfield Road until 2015.

The 27-year-old made 79 appearances over a three-year spell with the Dons and was a key player in two play-off campaigns.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson told the club's official website that he couldn't stand in MacKenzie's way.

"Gary has been a tremendous servant to this Football Club and has matured both on and off the pitch during his time in Milton Keynes.

It is not in this Club’s nature to stand in the way of a player’s own personal progression and the opportunity to play in the Championship, and perhaps get the Scotland cap that currently eludes him, is too good to turn down.”

Bamford returns to Dons

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford will spend the first half of next season on loan at MK Dons
Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford will spend the first half of next season on loan at MK Dons Credit: PA

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford will once again spend the first half of next season on loan at MK Dons.

The 19-year-old made a big impression during a previous spell at the club last season, netting four goals in 14 appearances.

He will now be playing his football at stadium:MK until the new year, after agreeing a loan deal until January.

Dons manager Karl Robinson told the club's official website that re-signing Bamford was his summer priority.

"Patrick was my number one target and you don’t always get your number one target. Thankfully we got the deal done and we’re extremely fortunate to have his services for the next few months."

Lowe leaves Dons for personal reasons

Ryan Lowe Credit: PA

MK Dons striker Ryan Lowe has left the club due to personal reasons the club has announced.

Lowe, 34, joined the stadium:MK side last summer, scoring 12 goals in 51 appearances.

He told the club's website that he had made the decision to leave for the benefit of his family.

"Constantly being away from my young family in Liverpool last season proved more challenging than I originally thought and I found it hard to concentrate fully on my football. "

MK Dons League One fixtures

MK Dons Credit: PA

MK Dons kick off their League One campaign against Shrewsbury Town away.

They play local rivals Stevenage and Peterborough back to back at the end of September.

The Dons will travel to Crawley Town for Boxing Day but will entertain Colchester United on New Year's Day.

MK Dons round off their season with a home game against Leyton Orient.

You can see the full fixtures on the MK Dons website.

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