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11 April 2014

United manager Russ Wilcox has had another good week on the training field with the squad as he looks to continue his record breaking unbeaten run as manager.

With the visit of Bury on Saturday, Wilcox says the only injury concern is Sean McAllister and that the squad has been boosted by the return of Deon Burton, who came on late in last weekend’s victory at Torquay United.

Wilcox told The Iron Player: “Deon’s done a few sessions now so he’s getting back in the groove and it offers us something different up top. He’s looking fitter and stronger.”

Burton is a Jamaican international and has scored six goals in his time with the Iron. Last season he hit 12 goals for Gillingham as they secured promotion from League Two last season as champions.

Wilcox added: “His leadership qualities are good, he gives the other payers a lift when he comes on. He’s been there and done it with Gillingham last year and we just hope that he can make it two in a row.”

However, central midfielder McAllister is a doubt for the Saturday clash with Bury at Glanford Park.

Wilcox said, “He’s a doubt for the weekend. I’ve given him a few days off because there’s not really a lot he can do. Breathing wise he is better but he has to remain a doubt for the weekend.”

McAllister has made 38 League appearances this season and has been vital to the promotion push back to League One.

Wilcox will also be without James Alabi who has returned to parent club Stoke City after the Potters recalled the striker from his short spell in League Two.

Despite the loss of the loan signing, Scunthorpe’s manager is grateful that Alabi’s recall has coincided with the return of fellow striker Deon Burton.

“The fact we’ve got Deon back makes it easier," added Wilcox.

“I’d like to thank James for his services here but now it is important that we get Deon back."

Ahead of Saturday’s match with Bury it appears that the Iron are still fighting fit, even after the strains of a long season.

“Everybody’s fine and everybody’s been training today," he stated.

“It is important that we don’t pick up any injuries now that we can’t be in control of.”

With Scunthorpe’s title challenge continuously building momentum, Wilcox and his side will be hopeful of another three points on Saturday in front of the Glanford Park crowd.

Victory could take the Iron to the summit of the Sky Bet League Two table, which is where everyone at Scunthorpe wants to be, come the end of the season.

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