Dons bolster midfield with long-term target Hughes

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NORWICH City midfielder Stephen Hughes has joined Dons on a one-month loan and is expected to go straight into the starting line-up for Saturday’s League One game against Brentford.

With Peter Leven suspended following his sending off at Sheffield Wednesday last time out, and Mark Carrington recently released, boss Karl Robinson has been forced into strengthening his midfield ahead of a busy February and March.

Former Glasgow Rangers and Scotland international Hughes - who has made 39 appearances for the Canaries since joining in 2009 - will be at stadium:mk until March 13, meaning he could play in as many as eight Dons games.

The 28-year-old also played more than 100 times for Leicester City in the Championship before briefly returning to Scotland with Motherwell from where Norwich boss Paul Lambert took him to Carrow Road.

Dons boss Robinson said he was thrilled to get his man - a player Dons actually wanted to sign last season.

He said: “Everyone knows he’s got great ability. He’s played more than 90 games for Rangers and knows how to get teams out of this division.

“We always had someone in mind when he let Carrington leave for Hamilton. He was one of three players we wanted, and he was actually our main target last season.

“We’ll assess his fitness with a view to him going straight into the side for Saturday’s game.”