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Posted on 24 October 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol reports no additional injury concerns as he prepares for Wednesday night's Carling Cup clash at MK Dons.

Martin Jol reports no additional injury concerns as he prepares for Wednesday night's Carling Cup clash at MK Dons.

That means we're without Didier Zokora (illness), Teemu Tainio and Steed Malbranque (hernia) for the third round clash at the National Hockey Stadium.

Steed has started ball work again following his operation and there was further good news with striker Lee Barnard making progress after ankle surgery.

Martin said: "We will play a very strong team. We have a couple of players out like Teemu Tainio, he has started running again so he will be back in a couple of weeks, Steed Malbranque and Didier Zokora, who is out of hospital after his illness.

"Lee Barnard is progressing with his running and had no reaction, so he's getting fitter and fitter and the rest are okay."

Martin is well aware of the need to balance the determination to win every game and resting a couple of players during such a busy period.

He added: "We can't play wth the same team all the time, we've got players who need games and in the future we will have three games a week so we will play with one or two different players.

"But this competition is very important for us because if you don't win the UEFA Cup or finish high enough in the league - hopefully we will - you have to rely on the FA Cup or the Carling Cup and it's not easy, but still the shortest route into Europe.

"We are a football club and we want to win all our matches and that's why we try to play a strong team all of the time."