Stephen Gleeson is pushing for a recall as MK Dons prepare to host Southampton.

Gleeson made his return from an ankle injury as a late substitute at Brentford last weekend and will hope to have persuaded manager Paul Ince that he is fit enough to start against the Saints.

Veteran defender Darren Powell remains some way short of fitness. The 33-year-old has been out since injuring his knee at the start of February and has now also picked up a groin problem.

Striker Sam Baldock is also unavailable to Ince as he battles to recover from a knee injury so Aaron Wilbraham and Jermaine Easter will continue to start in attack.

Wilbraham has scored three goals in the last two games and will be looking for more as the Dons look for a first win over Southampton in their fourth meeting this season.

Jon Otsemobor and Michail Antonio will be missing from the Southampton squad.

Right-back Otsemobor was ruled out of Tuesday night's defeat by Swindon with an ankle problem and winger Antonio was also sidelined after picking up a knock, with the pair thought to be another week way from returning.

Midfielder Lloyd James (ankle) and striker David Connolly (groin) returned from injury lay-offs as substitutes in midweek and came through unscathed.

Veteran right-back Graeme Murty is the only long-term absentee following ankle surgery which is likely to keep him out for the rest of the season.

Midfielder Jason Puncheon returns to his former club having been booked nine times this season and knowing one more yellow card will trigger a two-match ban.

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