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Liverpool linked youngster ‘overworked’ by FA ahead of club games

The MK Dons midfielder may be rested this weekend according to Karl Robinson.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has admitted that he may have to rest his midfield star Dele Alli against Leyton Orient this weekend, after the player featured in an England Under-19s game in Greece on Wednesday.

That was Alli's second youth international appearance during the international break, and is a problem Robinson says because he will be one of the few England players that is a regular first team member for his club team.

"I'm not happy about that. That will be something I'll be bringing up," Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"Dele is unique as he plays every week. I may have to rest him on Saturday, which is hard for fans to accept.

"I understand we have a duty of care for the development of young players.

"In the eyes of the FA they have looked after Dele, because they rested him on Sunday and he's only played in two of the three games.

"From a welfare and physical perspective, they've probably done right.

"But they know that he is probably the only one in that team who is playing on Saturday. There are teething problems because this is an elite player."

The Dons midfielder has been one of the Football League's most impressive performers since the beginning of the season, helping his team to a positive position in League One and also starring as they caused a huge upset by devastating Manchester United 4-0 in the League Cup in August.

Alli set up three goals against United that day, and he has also shone as a goal scorer for the Dons, having netted 6 goals already in his 13 games played this year, just one less than he managed in the whole of last season.

It isn't surprising that this form has had a whole host of clubs sniffing around the 18-year-old, with Arsenal and Spurs reportedly joining long-time suitors Liverpool.

The midfielder only signed an extended deal in September, but Karl Robinson has already claimed that the improved contract was more to reward the player than tie him down longer, admitting that it's inevitable that Alli will leave Milton Keynes at some point.

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