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Former Bury favourite Ryan Lowe set for Gigg Lane return as Bury face MK Dons in search of first league win

By Colin Henrys

Former fans’ favourite Ryan Lowe is set to first return to Gigg Lane as Bury face MK Dons still looking for their first league win.

Lowe, who finished as Bury’s top scorer in both of his two full seasons with the club, will be returning for the first time since joining Sheffield Wednesday before finding his way to the Dons.

Bury are yet to record a win in the league this season and find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table.

Victory against seventh-placed MK Dons on Saturday however could lift them as high as 19th, and stand-in boss Peter Shirtliff has urged his players to keep pushing for that elusive win.

“It’s seven games without a win and we’re only going to get one if we roll our sleeves up and go again on Saturday,” Shirtliff told BBC Manchester.

Having fielded the same team for Saturday’s draw with Sheffield United and the midweek defeat to league-leaders Tranmere Rovers, Shirtliff might be able to welcome back David Healy for the first time since his goalscoring debut back in August.

Bury have netted just five times in their seven matches this season but Shirtliff will not be rushing the Northern Irish hitman back.

“Hopefully David Healy and David Worrall will both be fit, but it’s a situation where we can’t just rush them.

“If there’s any doubt, we can’t play them.”

Karl Robinson’s MK Dons are yet to win away from home this season, but they travel to Gigg Lane with a full squad available after Dean Bowditch overcame the shoulder injury that saw him drop to the bench in midweek.

Liverpool-born Robinson is expecting as tough a test this time around as the 0-0 in the last fixture between the two.

“The fact they are bottom of the league doesn’t mean anything to me – they’ll be a very difficult test,” he said.

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