Alex Gilbey, Peter Pawlett and Chuks Aneke are all out with injuries while Ed Upson is suspended.
This has left the Dons short-staffed in midfield with young right-back Callum Brittain being used as a midfielder in the draw against Rochdale, which highlights the scale of the problem at the club.
This was their first point in six games, but short-term solutions such as this aren’t going to get them out of the relegation places.
The move into the free agency market is smart because the club doesn’t have to commit to these players in the long-term. Reo-Coker has Premier League experience although he hasn’t played professional football since June 2017 when he was at Norwegian side IK Start, who terminated his contract after a couple of months.
Reo-Coker should bolster their ranks and bring some solidity to the team in a key game against Fleetwood Town who currently sit just outside the relegation places on goal difference.
A win for the Dons would see them close the gap to two points and favourable results elsewhere could mean that is the gap between them and climbing out of the relegation places going into the next round of fixtures.
The next game has huge ramifications so this is a smart way to solve a major issue because the club afford to take risks with relegation a real possibility. Fleetwood have lost their last six league games, which means that Milton Keynes are playing them at an ideal time and new personnel could give them the lift to overcome the opposition in what is likely to be a close and hard-fought game.