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Stadium:MK (ATT 7,164) 15th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

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Powell: Could start against Hartlepool

Powell: Could start against Hartlepool

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Milton Keynes Dons and Hartlepool United at stadium:mk.

Dons boss Karl Robinson is hoping Patrick Bamford will be fit enough to feature.

The teenage striker, who joined on loan from Chelsea last month, is currently with his parent club receiving treatment on a hamstring problem.

The injury has ruled Bamford out of his last two matches, but Robinson remains hopeful he will link up with them again before the weekend.

Midfielder Daniel Powell returned for last Saturday's defeat to Brentford after recovering from a hamstring problem but had to settle for a place on the bench.

Powell is back in contention for a starting role as Robinson looks to bounce back from their first loss since October.

Hartlepool boss John Hughes could have Peter Hartley available this weekend.

The central defender missed last weekend's home defeat to Stevenage with conjunctivitis, but has trained this week and should come into contention.

But fellow defender Neil Austin remains absent as he serves the third instalment of a four-game ban following two red cards this season.

Apart from that Hughes has no other injury concerns and Simon Walton will be pushing for a start after a hamstring injury restricted him to the bench against Gary Smith's side last week, while Luke James also made a substitute's return following a double hernia operation.

Pools, 10 points adrift at the foot of the table, are chasing their first win under Hughes and their first success since September 1 - a run of 20 games in all competitions.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
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