Football: Capital One Cup; MK Dons v Man Utd Preview

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David Martin: 50/50 to face United
Three MK Dons players are fighting to be fit for their Capital One Cup second round clash against Manchester United (8pm KO).

Goalkeeper David Martin and full-back Lee Hodson missed the goalless draw with Coventry on Saturday with knocks sustained during the win at Chesterfield. Danny Green (hamstring) missed both the trip to Derbyshire and the stalemate against the Sky Blues and the winger will also be assessed.

Samir Carruthers made his return from a thigh strain at the weekend as a second-half substitute and the midfielder will hope to be involved from the start on Tuesday night.

Recent signing Jordan Spence, fellow defender Tom Flanagan, midfielder Mark Randall and forwards Tom Hitchcock and Benik Afobe are also vying for starting places.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling and midfielder Ander Herrera will have their condition assessed ahead of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie at Sky Bet League One outfit MK Dons.

Herrera: Ankle problem
Smalling came off in the first half of Sunday’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Sunderland with a groin injury, while Herrera sat out the clash due to an ankle problem.

It is not expected that new signing Marcos Rojo’s work permit situation will be resolved in time for him to make his debut in the cup game and it remains to be seen whether fellow defender Rafael will be deemed fit enough to feature.

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