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IRON HANDED BURTON BOOST

3 April 2014

United have been boosted by the fact striker Deon Burton may travel to Devon as part of the squad to face Torquay United on Saturday.

It is second versus 24th as the two sides lock horns at Plainmoor, with Scunthorpe potentially ready to welcome the former Sheffield Wednesday striker back into the squad after he enjoyed his first full training session on Tuesday.



Burton, who won a Player of the Month award for December just prior to his injury, travelled and warmed up with the players at Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, before taking part in a session after the conclusion of Saturday’s goalless encounter with Wycombe at Glanford Park. He would be a welcome re-addition back to the side, with his last action in the team seeing him net against Dagenham & Redbridge back in January – an action which also caused his calf injury.

“I would hope he makes the trip with us,” Wilcox told The Iron Player.

“I can’t really say for sure, but I’d hope so. He’s trained fully today with the group which is great and that was his first training session. I will see how he is again on Thursday morning.

“I’ve got to be careful – I keep speaking about that – but I do have to be careful. If it means him missing one more to be available for the home game against Bury then that’s what I will do. I will speak to Deon regarding that too; he knows his body well enough by now and knows where he is at.”

He added: “He’s certainly trained well today (Tuesday).”

Even if Burton isn’t included in the matchday squad on Saturday, the Iron gaffer hopes that the experienced attacker will make the trip to Devon with the squad – something which he insists proves invaluable to the team.

“I would have thought so (that he will travel, even if not involved),” he continued.

“He’s been a big part of the group, not just out on the pitch, but in the dressing room and in and around the place. His experience is invaluable. He has a promotion to his name from this level last year with Gillingham.”

He added: “He also has a championship medal to go with that as well, so he’s been a key player for us this season.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox on The Iron Player.

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