Right-back curse strikes again for Dons

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THE curse of the right-back has come back to haunt Dons boss Karl Robinson again as James Tavernier was recalled to Newcastle United this afternoon (Wednesday).

After spending weeks on the sidelines through injury, the 20-year-old made a shock return to stadium:mk in time for Saturday’s League 1 game with Brentford. But an injury crisis at the Sports Direct Arena has forced Magpies manager Alan Pardew to recall the defender with immediate effect.

Robinson said: “At every stage in the season we have endured problems with the right-back position, with Adam Smith being recalled, Mathias Doumbe getting injured and now James Tavernier going back to Newcastle.

“It seems to have been a jinx position for us but it’s a hurdle we have overcome before and we will do so again.

“I fully respect Newcastle’s wishes and it’s a fantastic opportunity for Tav to be involved in the Newcastle first team. I would like to publicly thank James for his time with the club, I know he would have liked to have stayed but you can’t deny anyone the chance to play in the Premier League.”

Dons have been cursed at right-back this season. After releasing Danny Woodards last summer, Adam Smith was drafted in from Tottenham Hotspur before he was controversially recalled in favour of a loan move to Leeds.

Tavernier was loaned in as a replacement, but a knee injury ruled him out for nearly a month. In the meantime, Mathias Doumbe, Adam Chicksen, Stephen Gleeson and Luke Chadwick have had to fill in at full-back.

It’s also believed that Rob Hall will be returning to West Ham United. The 18-year-old made just two substitute appearances for Dons.