Kasumu's return a positive after lengthy spell out

MK Dons 0-2 Crewe Alexandra

Monday, 5th April 2021, 6:36 pm
Updated Monday, 5th April 2021, 6:46 pm
David Kasumu returned to the pitch for the first time since December

It might have been a bad day at the office against Crewe Alexandra, but the return of David Kasumu after nearly four months out was a positive for MK Dons.

The 21-year-old had been out of action since December 19 and the 1-0 defeat away at Plymouth Argyle before being named on the bench against Crewe on Monday. Coming on with half-an-hour to go, Kasumu looked his combative self, though could do little to divert the ship from the 2-0 defeat against the Railwaymen.

Russell Martin said having the midfielder back was a boost for his side, and hopes to see more of Kasumu in the remaining seven games this season.

"He's looked really good in training and he did well when he came on," said the manager. "He looked a bit rusty when he came on but he has been out for a long time. The longer the game went on, he looked more comfortable. He did some brilliant bits we come to expect from him.

"It's a really big boost for us, and he'll be an important player for the rest of the season and next."

There were two injury worries for Martin though as he saw Cameron Jerome and Louis Thompson limp out of action on Monday.

He said: "Cammy was just precautionary, he felt something so hopefully he'll be OK. I imagine he'll be available for Saturday (against Ipswich).

"With Louis, we'll have to wait and see. Hopefully we've caught it early enough. He's been really unlucky with injuries."