Burton v AFC Wimbledon preview

Burton v AFC Wimbledon preview

Published Aug. 21, 2012 7:16 a.m. ET

Burton begin their home league campaign against AFC Wimbledon without midfielder Lee Bell.

Bell received two yellow cards in as many minutes during the second half of the League Two opener at Rotherham on Saturday as Albion went down 3-0 to the pre-season promotion favourites.

His subsequent dismissal means he joins defender Marcus Holness on the suspended list for the visit of the Dons.

Holness will complete his two-match ban following his red card during extra-time in the Capital One Cup victory over Sheffield United the previous weekend.


Manager Gary Rowett has options should he wish to makes changes with defenders Andrew Corbett and Aaron Webster, midfielders Chris Palmer and Jack Dyer and strikers Matthew Paterson and Justin Richards all ready to come into the team.

AFC Wimbledon will continue to monitor Curtis Osano.

Osano, who moved to Kingsmeadow from Luton over the summer, failed a late fitness test on his calf injury ahead of Saturday's League One opener against Chesterfield.

Teenager Angus MacDonald, who is on loan with the Dons from Reading, deputised at right-back and will keep his place if Osano is ruled out again.

Otherwise boss Terry Brown is unlikely to veer too much from the side which picked up a fine 1-0 win over the Spireites.

Centre-half Callum McNaughton (knee) and striker Jason Prior (broken leg) are still on the road to recovery following the injuries they suffered towards the end of last season.