Ince is hit by injuries and suspensions for City visit

Manager Paul Ince is plagued by injuries and suspensions as MK Dons bid to become the first side to complete a League One double over the Canaries. Defensive duo David McCracken and Mathias Kouo-Doumbe are suspended, while goalkeeper Willy Gueret, centre-backs Sean O'Hanlon and James Tunnicliffe, midfielder Peter Leven and striker Sam Baldock are all doubtful for the game at Carrow Road.

Manager Paul Ince is plagued by injuries and suspensions as MK Dons bid to become the first side to complete a League One double over the Canaries.

Defensive duo David McCracken and Mathias Kouo-Doumbe are suspended, while goalkeeper Willy Gueret, centre-backs Sean O'Hanlon and James Tunnicliffe, midfielder Peter Leven and striker Sam Baldock are all doubtful for the game at Carrow Road.

In addition, midfielder Stephen Gleeson is out for the rest of the season after being stretchered off with a knee injury in the 1-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers on Monday.

Doumbe earned a one-match suspension after being sent off in the closing stages at Bristol Rovers, while McCracken's 10th yellow card of the season has earned him a two-match ban.


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O'Hanlon and Tunnicliffe would be prime candidates to replace them at centre-half, but O'Hanlon remains a doubt after gashing his knee against Charlton last week and Tunnicliffe has missed the last two matches through illness.

Goalkeeper Gueret hopes to recover from the groin strain that kept him out on Monday, but Stuart Searle remains on standby.

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Leven (ankle) and Baldock (knee) will also be assessed closer to the game.

Assistant manager Karl Robinson said: “We're still waiting on Peter Leven, we're still waiting on Sam Baldock and we've now got David McCracken and Mathias Doumbe suspended.

“Sean O'Hanlon's still a question mark and we've still got a few out with illness, so we'll have to pick the bones out of that!”

The injury 21-year-old Gleeson suffered following a collision with Rovers' Andy Williams at the Memorial Stadium is not as bad as first feared, however.

Initial diagnosis suggested the Irishman would be out for up to three months, but assessments this week have suggested his spell on the sidelines could be considerably shorter.

Robinson confirmed: “Stephen's injury isn't as bad as we first thought - he'll still be missing for the rest of the season but it looks more like weeks than months for him.

“It's another learning curve for him in his young career - you've got to come back a stronger player and a better player.”

Gleeson's medial ligaments injury came two days after O'Hanlon's return to the starting line-up was marred by a gash to his leg, although most inside stadium:mk feared the worst after seeing him go to ground.

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