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Stadium:mk (ATT 7,879) 1st January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

MK Dons Milton Keynes Dons vs Colchester United Colchester

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Stephen Gleeson: Set to play from the start

Stephen Gleeson: Set to play from the start

Team news for Wednesday's League One clash between MK Dons and Colchester at Stadium:mk.

Stephen Gleeson is likely to go straight back into the MK Dons starting line-up against Colchester.

Gleeson served a one-match suspension as the Dons were beaten 3-1 by in-form Brentford on Sunday.

Manager Karl Robinson admitted his side had missed Gleeson at Griffin Park and he is expected to resume his central midfield partnership alongside fellow Irishman Darren Potter, which would see Alan Smith drop out of the team.

Dele Alli made his return from a month-long injury absence as a second-half substitute against the Bees and the teenage winger may be pushing for a starting role on New Year's Day.

Robinson also has the likes of Tom Flanagan, George Baldock, Brendon Galloway, Jason Banton and Antony Kay to call on should he wish to make any more changes to his team.

Boss Joe Dunne must decide whether to change his starting XI for the first time in four games as Colchester make the trip to MK Dons on New Year's Day.

Dunne kept faith with the same team which had seen off Oldham and Stevenage when struggling Crewe visited the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Sunday, only to fall to a frustrating 2-1 defeat.

The likes of Sanchez Watt, Clinton Morrison and Alex Gilbey are among those pushing for recalls as the U's play their fourth game in 12 days.

Fit-again striker Freddie Sears will again look to make the bench as he strives to get minutes under his belt but Gavin Massey (hamstring) and Drey Wright (knee) are not yet ready while defender Josh Thompson (ankle) also remains sidelined.

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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