MK Dons v Charlton preview
Last Updated: 16/02/18 12:02pm
MK Dons will be without Alex Gilbey for the visit of Charlton after the midfielder was ruled out for the rest of the season following knee surgery.
Gilbey required an operation this week as scans revealed the full extent of the damage suffered in the defeat at Walsall earlier this month. Chuks Aneke sustained a hamstring problem in the midweek defeat by Oldham on his return from a three-match ban, so will be assessed.
Midfielder Peter Pawlett (groin) is another to be monitored by new MK Dons boss Dan Micciche, whose side have lost all four of his games in charge.
Charlton are unlikely to risk defender Jason Pearce following his return from a knee ligament injury. Midfielder Ben Reeves missed the midweek draw with Bradford for personal reasons, but is expected to be involved against his former club.
On-loan striker Stephy Mavididi has returned to Arsenal for treatment on a hamstring problem and is expected to be out for up to eight weeks. Defenders Naby Sarr (hamstring) and Lewis Page (Achilles) are both stepping up their rehabilitation, while forward Billy Clarke (knee) remains a long-term absentee.
The Dons have lost just one of their last seven meetings with Charlton in all competitions (W3 D3), although that sole defeat in this run did come the last time they faced off at the Stadium MK on Boxing Day 2016.
The Addicks haven't won back-to-back visits to the Stadium MK since their first two away games against MK Dons in all competitions in 2010.
Milton Keynes have picked up just one point from their last six league games, losing four league games on the trot.
After losing three successive league away games, Charlton are unbeaten in their last three on the road (W1 D2), conceding just once.
Kieran Agard scored a brace after coming off the bench in the 2-2 draw between these two sides in November. It is the only time he has ever achieved that feat in the Football League and one of only three occasions a player has done so in League One this season (also Josh Morris for Scunthorpe United against Charlton in November and Max Power for Wigan Athletic against Oxford United in December).