Bristol Rovers will be without suspended defender Jeff Hughes for the home game with MK Dons.

Hughes was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Adam Clayton in Friday's 3-1 defeat at Carlisle.

Fellow defender Byron Anthony will complete his own two-match ban, but midfielder Mark Wright could return to contention following a groin injury.

Ben Swallow is pushing for a place in the starting line-up after stepping off the substitutes' bench at Brunton Park, while manager Paul Trollope could be tempted to make further changes after his side's disappointing display.

The Pirates had only lost one of their previous seven matches prior to the defeat at Carlisle, which appears to have ended their slim play-off hopes.

MK Dons will check on the fitness of Sean O'Hanlon.

O'Hanlon made his first start in almost a year in Saturday's 1-0 home defeat by Charlton, but was stretchered off in the final minutes of the clash at stadium:mk.

But the club have been boosted by the news that O'Hanlon suffered a minor knock to his right knee and not a recurrence of the injury that kept him out of action for nine months, so manager Paul Ince will assess the defender before making a decision on his availability.

Lewis Gobern (hamstring) missed out at the weekend and is doubtful once again, while the Dons had to cancel training on Friday as 11 players went down with illness.

Peter Leven was forced off in the second half against the Addicks and, if he misses out, Mark Carrington could deputise.

Sam Baldock has missed the last 11 games with a knee problem, but could make the bench after taking part in training on Thursday.

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