Doncaster v MK Dons preview

Middlesbrough will assess the fitness of Ishmael Miller ahead of

the visit of Leeds.

The Nottingham Forest loanee has not featured since the loss to

Watford last month with an ankle ligament injury and the club’s

medical staff will make a decision on the former Manchester City

striker’s fitness.

Fellow forward Scott McDonald, the club’s top scorer, missed the

3-2 home defeat to Barnsley on Saturday with a back injury and

looks set to miss out again.

Justin Hoyte has been sidelined with a hip injury he picked up

last month and the former Arsenal man is set to be ruled out for a

few more weeks, while Julio Arca has undergone a toe operation.

Mustapha Carayol marked his return to the starting line-up with

a goal against the Tykes and he is likely to be involved again as

Boro look to end a run of four straight npower Championship

defeats.

Leeds pair El-Hadji Diouf and Rudy Austin look set to return to

the squad.

Striker Diouf was rested for the weekend draw at Wolves, while

midfielder Austin had only returned from international duty with

Jamaica on Friday.

Manager Neil Warnock has hinted both new signings Steve Morison

and Stephen Warnock are likely to continue after they made their

debuts on Saturday.

Defender Warnock played the full 90 minutes at left-back, while

Morison, back from a thigh injury, also completed the full match

alongside Ross McCormack up front.

Boss Warnock, who has no new injury or suspension worries, is

hoping to extend Everton midfielder Ross Barkley’s loan spell at

Elland Road this week as he is due to return to his parent club

after the Middlesbrough game. The teenager was not involved at

Wolves, but could return to contention.

Leeds hope to close the gap on the top six to two points with

victory.

Doncaster will check on Paul Keegan ahead of the visit of the

Dons.

Keegan suffered a dead leg during the home defeat to Walsall on

Saturday and had to come off after 65 minutes. He will continue to

be monitored ahead of Tuesday night’s game.

Fellow midfielder David Syers is also a doubt. Syers missed out

against the Saddlers after an ankle injury forced him off in the

defeat at Bury on February 2.

Another midfielder, Martin Woods, was an unused substitute at

the weekend having been out since November with a thigh injury and

perhaps he will take the next step by making a return to action

against the Dons.

The game at the Keepmoat Stadium will be the first between the

two clubs this season.

The Dons were originally due to travel to South Yorkshire in

December but freezing temperatures saw the game postponed.

The fixture at stadium:mk has also had to be re-arranged due to

the Dons’ ongoing involvement in the FA Cup.

MK Dons have no new problems as they look to reignite their

promotion challenge.

Centre-half Gary MacKenzie, and wingers Daniel Powell and Luke

Chadwick returned from injury at Oldham on Saturday and came

through the game unscathed.

Defender Antony Kay and striker Ryan Lowe were suspended at

Boundary Park and remain so for Tuesday night, while midfielder

Stephen Gleeson (foot) and on-loan striker Patrick Bamford

(hamstring) also stay unavailable due to injury.

Izale McLeod will provide Alan Smith with competition for the

solitary striker position as he searches for his first goal since

returning to the club.

Adam Chicksen was another player who impressed from the bench on

Saturday and he will also be hopeful of a recall in defence.

The game at the Keepmoat Stadium will be the first between the

two clubs this season.

The Dons were originally due to travel to south Yorkshire in

December but freezing temperatures saw the game postponed.

The fixture at stadium:mk has also had to be re-arranged due to

the Dons’ ongoing involvement in the FA Cup.

Karl Robinson’s side go into the game on the back of three

consecutive league defeats and the run has seen the men from Milton

Keynes slip into the bottom half of the League One table.

It is the first time in two years that the Dons have lost three

successive league games and Robinson will be keen to see a response

from his side.