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Team News Ahead of MK Dons

20 November 2017

Phil Brown won’t be able to call upon Anthony Wordsworth for tomorrow night’s game at MK Dons.

Jason Demetriou is 50/50 for the clash at Stadium MK, but John White and Michael Turner are expected to be fit, the latter having just returned from three months out and completing his first 90 minutes of league football in 18 months on Saturday.

The Blues boss explained the injury situation ahead of Tuesday’s game at his pre-match press conference on Monday morning.

“Woody’s not available for tomorrow. He’s had personal problems that we don’t need to go into and that we need to get over.

“With him not available, I want changes, I want creativity and I want confidence in the final third.

“That’s what I’ll be looking at today in training and in my team selection tomorrow.

“I’m hoping Woody is going to be available for the weekend. We’re wrapping him in cotton wool because every time he has gone out there it’s [his calf problem] re-occurred so it’s a little bit more sinister than a tight calf.

“We’re trying to get to the bottom of it but it might have a lot to do with his personal problems that we need to get to the bottom of as well.”

Regarding Cypriot full-back Demetriou, Brown said: “Jason is out there [in training] at the moment and I’m hoping he comes through it. He has to be pain free so we’re not running a risk of a broken bone getting any worse, if it is a broken bone.

“The scans and the reports aren’t presenting a broken bone. He can do everything apart from sprint at the moment which is causing a sharp pain.

“He is willing to take a pain killing injection if necessary to get out there.

“I’m hoping I’ve taken John [White] off in time and intercepted anything long term.”

And finally, on Michael Turner, Brown contemplated whether playing him so soon after his first competitive run-out of the season, saying: “I run that risk if I start him and if he breaks down it’s my fault, if I don’t start him and we lose the game it’s my fault.

“Michael wants to start, it’s as simple as that. It’s who his centre half pairing is going to be. We’ve tightened the defence up but we seem to be going missing at the other end of the pitch. We need to get both ends of the pitch resolved tomorrow and then hopefully go with that into Saturday.” 

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