Hartlepool first-team coach Mick Wadsworth could name an unchanged side for the visit of MK Dons.

Wadsworth made two attacking changes against high-flying Charlton in midweek, with James Brown partnering on-loan forward Ryan Donaldson, and they impressed in the 2-1 victory.

However, Brown has struggled with knee problems throughout this season and his fitness will be assessed.

Colin Larkin, Leon McSweeney and utility-man Ritchie Humphreys will be in the frame for starting places after appearing as substitutes in the last two matches.

Steve Haslam is set to retain his place in the starting line-up as he continues to fill in at right-back for Neil Austin who will miss his fourth successive game with a calf injury and is expected to be out for another two weeks.

Gary MacKenzie returns to the Dons defence.

The centre-half has missed the last two games through suspension but will come back into the starting XI in place of youngster Tom Flanagan.

Manager Karl Robinson, though, will make a late decision on the health of Danny Woodards and Jabo Ibehre.

Right-back Woodards missed the home defeat to Leyton Orient in midweek through illness, while striker Ibehre had to come off at half-time after scoring due to the same ailment.

The latter is hopeful of keeping his place but Robinson will monitor the pair before kick-off.

Fellow striker Sam Baldock is about 10 days away from a return following his latest hamstring injury and on-loan QPR frontman Angelo Balanta remains sidelined with his ankle problem.

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