Colin Todd will show faith in Steve Claridge tomorrow after putting City's striker hunt on hold.

Claridge will partner Danny Cadamarteri at MK Dons as Dean Windass sits out the first of his five-game ban.

"They have played together before and Claridge's form away from home has been very good," said Todd. "It might take him a little bit to get going but we know he will be involved in the game.

"We can't keep talking about Windass because we have to accept he is not around for a month. It's now up to the other strikers to deliver."

Claridge, who recently played his 750th senior game, makes his first start since the 0-0 draw with Tranmere after Todd failed to land the Championship hitman he had been chasing on loan.

He added: "I was very hopeful about getting the right answer yesterday but the manager concerned called to say that another of his strikers had gone down with a calf strain on the training ground. Therefore he couldn't let this other player out before the weekend.

"The picture has changed but I

cannot argue about that. So I'll go with what I've got tomorrow and then start pursuing other targets again next week."

Owen Morrison is set for a recall on the left flank after a 14-game absence. And Todd hopes the unpredictable winger will come back with a bang.

He said: "Owen's season hasn't

really started. We can count on one hand the games he's had because of injury.

"We know the player has ability but he tends to lose that little bit of

consistency you are looking for.

"But he's got it all to play for. There are 12 games to go and Owen has got to make sure he is involved in all of them."