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Deepdale (ATT 13,941) 7th April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Sarginson

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Brown: Ruled out for North End

Brown: Ruled out for North End

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Preston North End and Milton Keynes Dons at Deepdale.

Preston will be without Aaron Brown.

Centre-back Brown was deployed as a striker during last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, but the former Aldershot man's afternoon came to an early end when he suffered a dislocated shoulder.

North End goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann played through the pain of a back injury at Hillsborough but hopes to be back at full fitness by Saturday.

Midfielder Danny Mayor has not featured since limping out of last month's victory at Exeter and could be one of up to three players looking to shake off knocks and take part against the Dons. However, manager Graham Westley did not disclose the identity of his doubtful players.

"There's always bumps and always bruises," he said. "There's two or three who are in doubt. There might be one or two who start on the bench rather than in the XI because they might be able to make a contribution but might not be ready from the start.

"So we'll have a look at them and make some decisions on Friday morning once we've let them settle down."

MK Dons have defensive problems ahead of the trip.

More pertinently, it is the right-back position that is once again blighting boss Karl Robinson.

On-loan duo Adam Smith and James Tavernier had already been injured playing there this season before Mathias Doumbe and Luke Chadwick ended up in the treatment room while filling in against Carlisle last week.

Tavernier was recalled by Newcastle on Wednesday while Doumbe (groin) will remain out and Chadwick (knee) is a doubt, so Adam Chicksen is expected to fill in at right-back at Deepdale.

"It is a jinxed position. It has been cursed this season," said Robinson.

Forward Dean Bowditch (groin) is also out while defender Gary MacKenzie, who has been sidelined for almost six weeks due to suspension and injury, is rated at 50/50.

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1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40