Operation for Gladwin but Dons hopeful over Harvie return

MK Dons 1-0 Portsmouth

Saturday, 17th April 2021, 3:58 pm
Updated Saturday, 17th April 2021, 4:00 pm
Ben Gladwin

Ben Gladwin has had surgery on his knee, ruling him out of what is left of this season, but there is hope Daniel Harvie could play again in the final four games.

Gladwin's career has been shattered by long-term injuries, and has been limited to just 13 starts for Dons since he signed for the club in January 2020. He was spotted on crutches in the stands at Stadium MK on Saturday for their 1-0 win over Portsmouth which saw the club return to the top half of League One.

Daniel Harvie missed the game too and was due to start against Pompey but picked up an injury in training on Friday. While Gladwin has kicked his last ball for the team this season, and potentially beyond with his contract up in June, Russell Martin is hopeful to have Harvie back at some stage in the run-in.

Daniel Harvie

"(Gladwin) had to have a minor operation - it's nothing too serious but it's another sign of training on the astroturf," said the Dons boss. "We've managed him well to a point but we had to make a decision on whether he would be ready for next season or keep battling on. Ben will be back for the summer and whatever that brings.

"Danny Harvie was due to start but went down injured in training on Friday. We hope he'll be back before the end of the season, it's still sore but he says it feels better than it did yesterday.

"We've done brilliantly with injuries all things considered but they seem to have all come at once. We had a long meeting about all the injuries we've had, and when you look at it, the medical team have been fantastic. But it's down to fatigue."