Milton Keynes Dons boss Karl Robinson has confirmed he will be making changes to his team for Saturday’s FA Cup third round clash against the Cobblers at Sixfields.
Sky Bet Championship strugglers Dons are back in league action next Tuesday night when they entertain Burnley, and Robinson admits that match is higher on his priority list than the clash with Northampton.
In a big week for the Buckinghamshire side, they also entertain Reading at stadium:mk next Saturday, and it seems certain that wholesale changes will be made for the trip to Sixfields to keep his key players fit and fresh.
“We have a game on Tuesday against a former Premier League club,” said Robinson, who saw his side draw 1-1 at Leeds United last weekend.
“In years gone by, we’d have been excited about playing that same team in the FA Cup. It’s the reverse now.
“We’ll make changes (for the Northampton game).
“We’ve got three games in seven days, and two of those are very big championship games at stadium:mk.
“We want to beat Northampton obviously, and we’ll try and pick a team that will go there and get a result.
“The players will change, but we’ll give it the same approach we always do. From a prep perspective, it’ll be the same.”
Dons will defnitely be without injured midfield pair Daniel Powell (hamstring) and Carl Baker (ankle), while goalkeeper David Martin (shoulder) will also sit it out.
Among the players set to be rested are Nicky Maynard, Josh Murphy (whose twin brother Jacob played and scored against the Cobblers for Coventry City in the first round), Kyle McFadzean and Jordan Spence.
Former Cobblers loanee Dean Bowditch is set to be in the matchday squad.
Midfielder Mark Randall could be in line for his first appearance of the season, after he was cleared of a sexual assault charge in November.