THE MK Dons are beginning to rumble.

From a sluggish start, their season is gathering pace with ten points from the last four games.

Three successive clean sheets have underlined the feeling that Robbie Neilson’s side are slipping through the gears.

Centre half Ethan Ebanks-Landell is chasing a hat-trick of League One titles after winning the division with parent club Wolves in 2014 and Sheffield United last season.

And the on-loan defender reckons the Dons have what it takes to be firmly in the shake-up this time.

“We need to add some goals, we’ve got a few clean sheet and they’ve got to keep coming,” he said.

“It’s going well at the moment but we still feel like we can improve, which is a good thing.”

Promising right back Callum Brittain is away on international duty for England under-20s. Midfielder Ousseynou Cisse also misses the City clash after being called up by Mali for tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Ivory Coast.

But Chuks Aneke is ready to beef up Neilson’s attacking options after returning from a lengthy absence.

The powerful striker has been laid low for six months with a serious hamstring injury sustained at Valley Parade. Ironically he was just coming back from a lay-off for a knee problem when he pulled up in the 2-2 draw with City.

He said: “It was a bitter time. I’d build myself up to be playing and influencing games.

“But I’ve come through it again, I’m here and I can’t really complain.”

After six minutes off the bench against Bury last week, Aneke played the first half of the midweek Checkatrade Trophy tie against Stevenage.

He is likely to feature again at some stage tomorrow.

Boss Robbie Neilson believes Aneke has done a “phenomenal” job coming back from a heavily-disrupted season which saw him play only 18 times. But he intends to manage his return carefully.

Neilson said: “The medical staff have worked so hard to get him to this level and he’s too key a player for us to lose him again.”