Darren Potter is ‘fighting tooth and nail’ to be fit for every game, according to manager Karl Robinson.
The midfielder, now in his fourth season at stadium:mk, is arguably Dons’ most influential player, playing the lynchpin role at the heart of the midfield.
While his absence is often more noticeable than his presence, Potter has been in sensational form of late according to his manager.
But the 30-year-old is battling through the pain barrier with each game, and even required injections to play recently.
And although Dele Alli and Carl Baker are likely to be among the front runners battling it out for this season’s Player of the Year award, Robinson believes Potter should also be in the running as the season’s top performer.
“If anyone deserves to get a medal at the end of the season, Darren Potter is one,” he said.
“I don’t like to single people out but I think he has been outstanding.
“He has played second fiddle to Dele all year, and he’s let that happen. It shows you the type of man he is and why he’s so important to me.
“He had an injection in an injury not long ago, he played with a bad injury.
“He’s fighting tooth and nail to be fit for every game.”