MK Dons defenders pushing for places in crunch Mansfield clash

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George Williams and Joe Walsh could return to the MK Dons starting line-up for their winner-takes-all clash with automatic promotion rivals Mansfield.

George Williams and Joe Walsh could return to the MK Dons starting line-up for their winner-takes-all clash with automatic promotion rivals Mansfield.

Williams has now made three substitute appearances in his return from the hamstring injury he suffered in January while Walsh was an unused substitute in the defeat at Colchester, having been sidelined since early April with a severe cut to his arm.

Fellow defenders Mathieu Baudry and Baily Cargill could also be involved in the squad for the final game of the season following lengthy injury absences since the turn of the year.

The Dons head into the game behind third-placed Mansfield on goal difference so Paul Tisdale’s team must win if they are to be promoted automatically, otherwise it will be the play-offs for the Milton Keynes club.

A draw will be enough to get the Stags over the line and boss David Flitcroft expects to have a full squad available, except for his long-term injury absentees.

That means midfielder Otis Khan is available again after a hip problem and defender Ben Turner has recovered from his calf complaint.

Jorge Grant, Alex MacDonald and Danny Rose are all pushing for recalls should Flitcroft decide to change things in attack at Stadium MK.

Craig Davies, Nicky Ajose, Jordan Graham, Bobby Olejnik and Hayden White all remain out for Mansfield, who have not played in the third tier since 2003.

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