Date: 24th February 2015 at 1:48pm
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The club has revealed that midfielder Dele Alli is set to be out for up to six weeks for an ankle injury he picked up in the win over Colchester, a game in which he scored the only goal.

The 18-year-old has returned to his parent club Tottenham, who he joined in January and was loaned back to the Dons, for treatment, and may only be back for the last few games of the season.

Alli has scored 14 times this season and has been crucial to the Dons automatic promotion form. His ability, superior in this league, seems to be difficult to replace for the Dons.

But fans will be boosted with the superb performance the Dons put in, without Alli, in the 3-0 win against Peterborough. Ben Reeves, not long back from injury, scored two fantastic goals while Samir Carruthers played well in Alli`s usual centre-midfield position.

With Mark Randall injured, and Keith Andrews taking more of a coaching position, it seems like Carruthers will be the main man to partner Darren Potter in midfielder while Alli is away.

Manager Karl Robinson was happy with the replacement, telling Milton Keynes Citizen:

“Samir showed everyone his hunger and desire for the cause,”

“We thought we were going to lose Dele in the summer, so I brought Samir in. We prepared right!”

Nevertheless, while he did do well on Saturday, Carruthers hasn`t exactly been one of the Dons most consistent performers and will really have to work hard to keep the level up.

Luckily though, the Dons are no one-man team with 15 different goal scorers this campaign, and have shown greater versatility than they have in the past. Promotion without star-player Alli with so long would be a testament to the strength of the squad this season.