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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 Peterborough United 13 26
3 Swindon Town 11 22
4 Preston North End 11 22
5 Milton Keynes Dons 11 20
6 Notts County 12 20
7 Sheffield United 12 20
8 Chesterfield 12 19
9 Fleetwood Town 13 19
10 Oldham Athletic 13 19
11 Bradford City 13 18
12 Rochdale 12 17
13 Barnsley 12 15
14 Doncaster Rovers 11 14
15 Crawley Town 13 14
16 Colchester United 13 13
17 Coventry City 13 13
18 Gillingham 13 13
19 Yeovil Town 13 13
20 Leyton Orient 12 12
21 Walsall 13 12
22 Port Vale 13 12
23 Scunthorpe United 13 11
24 Crewe Alexandra 13 10