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14 August 2014

Manager Russ Wilcox will monitor the Iron's walking wounded ahead of the home clash with Preston on Saturday.

After Dave Syers was ruled out for the rest of the season with an injury sustained at Swindon, the boss was downhearted, despite the Capital One Cup upset at Ewood Park.
Central defender Niall Canavan and stopper Sam Slocombe sustained knocks to the shoulder and Wilcox says they will be assessed ahead of our first home league game of the season at the weekend, when Preston visit Glanford Park.

“Niall should be okay and we have a little issue with Sam Slocombe, who took a knock to his shoulder too in a collision,” he told The Iron Player, before confirming the rest of the squad emerged from the Tuesday evening fixture unhurt.

One player absent from the clash was Deon Burton and the boss is unsure whether he will make the visit of North End, admitting he may need to recruit new faces before the return to league action on Saturday.
“Deon missed out because he took a whack on his knee in the Carlton game in pre-season and it keeps flaring up, we didn’t want to risk him," he said.

“I was delighted with the front two (in his absence). Lyle (Taylor) has come in and his link-up play was excellent and Paddy gave them problems playing off the shoulder and getting in behind so it was a good front two.
“We hope Deon will be okay for Saturday, fingers crossed. We are a bit short on the ground in that area- on the bench we had Curtis Bateson and Kyle Wootton, which was a fantastic experience for them both, especially Kyle, who’s only 17. It shows we are light up the pitch though.

"With lots of games coming thick and fast, we have to make sure we get a few more numbers in the building."

After admitting he is short in a couple of areas throughout the pitch, Wilcox says success in the Capital One Cup will help boost funds available to him in the current transfer window.

“The opportunity to play another big club is exciting and it’s also benefitting us financially,” he added.

“Beating Blackburn and getting another tie hopefully enables me to bring a few more players through the door as we aren’t a rich club and the chairman’s been very supportive.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox, and others, on The Iron Player.

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