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Fratton Park (ATT 9,815) 26th February 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: K Hill

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Last Updated: 25/02/13 6:45pm

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Sam Sodje: Serving a three-match suspension

Sam Sodje: Serving a three-match suspension

Team news for Tuesday's League One clash between Portsmouth and MK Dons at Fratton Park.

Portsmouth will be without Sam Sodje.

The defender was sent off for violent conduct during Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Oldham and starts a three-match ban, so Ricardo Rocha is in line for a recall alongside Gabor Gyepes at centre-half.

Full-back Shaun Cooper will miss out again with a hip knock but striker David Connolly could return to the starting line-up.

The veteran Irishman had missed the previous four matches with a hamstring injury but returned as a late substitute at the weekend.

Simon Eastwood is expected to keep his place in goal despite being at fault for Jose Baxter's strike which saw Pompey slip to another defeat that leaves them four points adrift at the bottom.

Goalkeeper David Martin and centre-half Gary MacKenzie are injury doubts for MK Dons.

Both players were forced off with injuries during the 1-1 draw at Carlisle on Saturday.

Dons boss Karl Robinson said: "It's the story of our season. David Martin was a big miss to us, and to lose Gary MacKenzie at the end was a big loss to us too.

"But we have to keep looking forward and keep positive. I have to patch the team together, but I can only work with the players I have available. We're still a long way from putting our best team on the pitch.

"We didn't have a fit winger on Saturday - Daniel Powell wasn't really fit enough but we threw him on to make a difference in the last 20 minutes. It's difficult when you can't make subs that can make a difference."

Should Martin miss out, 21-year-old Ian McLoughlin will make his first league start of the season for the Dons.

Former Pompey striker Izale McLeod will battle it out with Ryan Lowe for a place in attack while fellow striker Alan Smith serves the second game of his four-match suspension.

Winger Dean Bowditch (groin) and long-term absentee Stephen Gleeson (broken foot) remain unavailable.

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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