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MK Dons dealt double injury blow ahead of Fulham showdown

David Martin has broken his hand. Credit: PA

Mk Dons' survival hopes have been dealt a blow with the news that their goalkeeper David Martin has broken his hand.

The 30-year-old picked up the injury in training and will now see a specialist to determine how long he'll be out for.

To make matters worse, winger Rob Hall is also set to undergo an MRI scan on a knee injury.

Losing Dave is a big blow to everybody. Dave has been excellent for us this season and there’s no doubt we are going to miss him.

Cody came in as the number 2 but he’s the number 1 now and he has to take that opportunity. I’ve got tremendous faith in him – he’s a good young goalkeeper.

Hally is a big loss too. He was training, changed direction and he felt something in his knee. There was no-one near him, not even in a competitive environment – it was a freak one.

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

Fulham v MK Dons, Sky Bet Championship, Saturday 2 April, 15:00


MK Dons recall Baldock from Oxford United loan

George Baldock will return to MK Dons. Credit: PA

MK Dons have recalled George Baldock from his loan spell at League Two side Oxford United.

The 22-year-old has impressed during his time with the U's, and Dons manager Karl Robinson feels that he can have a similar impact at stadium:mk in the second half of the campaign.

Baldock will return to MK Dons following Oxford FA Cup clash with Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

“George has put in some fantastic performances for Oxford. He has gained a lot of credibility for those displays and the way he’s conducted himself with them.

Michael Appleton and his coaching staff have aided the development of George, who has been through a real transition over the last 18 months. He’s found a defined role and now his aim is to come back here and force his way into the team.

We want every player we feel can influence us during the run-in, here at stadium:mk. He’s one of our own and I know he will dedicate everything he’s got to helping us over these important months.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager


Crystal Palace midfielder Williams joins MK Dons on loan

Williams (right) has been on loan at Nottingham Forest this season. Credit: PA

MK Dons have signed Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams on a 93-day emergency loan.

Welsh international Williams has been on loan at Nottingham Forest this season, and has also played for Ipswich Town.

“Jonny is someone who I’ve always liked from a young age. He really suits our style – he’s a very offensive player and can play in a variety of positions.

He’s also got an unpredictability about him and a low centre of gravity which gives him that ability to drive past people. He had a massive impact on helping Palace get promoted from this division – I’m really excited about what he can bring.

We'd have loved to have done this deal until the end of the season but as he's played for Crystal Palace and already been out on a standard loan this season, a 93-day loan is the longest we can acquire his services for."

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

In other transfer news, Luton Town defender Luke Wilkinson has joined Stevenage on a permanent deal while Alan Sheehan has joined the Hatters on loan until the end of the season.

Southend United have signed Southampton's Sam McQueen and Arsenal youngster Glen Kamara on loan deals until May.

Northampton Town and MK Dons duo head to Barnet

Chris Hackett will spend the rest of the season at Barnet. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Barnet have completed the double signing of MK Dons midfielder Mark Randall and Northampton Town's Chris Hackett.

Randall has been released by the Dons and joins on free transfer, while Hackett moves on loan until the end of the season.

Mark Randall found first team opportunities hard to come by at MK Dons. Credit: PA

“Mark (Randall) is a great boy who has been through a difficult time recently. He’s also found it tough with the injuries so I feel he needs to go and get a fresh start – he goes with my support.

I like him as a person and I think he’s an extremely gifted footballer. He’s always had a good demeanor about him and I want to thank him for efforts and his patience.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

Gallagher returns to Southampton after MK Dons loan spell cut short

Sam Gallagher in action for MK Dons. Credit: PA

MK Dons striker Sam Gallagher has had his loan spell at the club cut short.

The 20-year-old has returned to Southampton after failing to make an impact at stadium:mk.

“Sam’s attitude has been spot on and he’s always given everything - it’s unfortunate that things haven’t worked out.

He’s found opportunities limited and it’s vital, at his age, that he is playing games on a regular basis and we never want to stand in the way of a young player doing that.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

MK Dons release former Real Madrid winger Benavente

Cristian Benavente has left MK Dons. Credit: PA

MK Dons have released Peruvian winger Cristian Benavente.

The 21-year-old moved to stadium:mk in the summer from Real Madrid Castilla, but failed to make an impact.

The Dons have now decided to let him go with immediate effect, meaning he's free to find another club.

“Cristian has conducted himself in a highly professional manner since arriving, despite not playing as much first-team football as he would have liked.

We’ve seen how talented he is and he’s done things in training which are phenomenal, but we felt he was still quite a way from making a real impact in the first team.

He was signed for the future as part of a development process but it’s about the here and now. I really believe Cristian has a fantastic career ahead of him and hopefully he will go on and flourish. I wish him all the best, I really do.”

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager
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