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PREVIEW: LEICESTER CITY (H)

1 August 2014

United will play a Leicester City X1 at Glanford Park on Saturday afternoon (3:00pm kick-off) in the club’s final pre-season game of the summer.

Russ Wilcox’s men have beaten non-league sides Bottesford Town, Gainsborough Trinity, Carlton Town, Frickley Athletic and Winterton Rangers as well as Championship outfit Huddersfield Town since the players arrived back for training almost a month ago, with the only setback coming against Lincoln City.

This weekend’s fixture presents members of the Iron squad with one final chance to impress out on the pitch before the League One curtain raiser at Swindon seven days later and Wilcox has confirmed that Scunthorpe have no new injury concerns ahead of the game.

The manager has also said that he will be looking to select a strong team as the players search for one last positive pre-season performance.

Paddy Madden has bagged four goals in four friendly matches and could be in line for a place in attack though fellow strikers Deon Burton and Lyle Taylor will also be looking for game time ahead of the big kick-off.

Burton has found the net twice so far as has midfielder Dave Syers and the latter is expected to have recovered from an ankle knock picked up during the game at Carlton last week.

New recruit Miguel Llera could make his first appearance for the club as an official Scunthorpe United player and goalkeeper Sam Slocombe will be hoping for a spot between the sticks after being rested in midweek due to a tight groin.

One player that definitely won’t feature in the game is David Mirfin who is set to miss the start of the new campaign with a knee injury.

The visitors will be managed by experienced coach Steve Beaglehole and the Leicester line-up looks likely to be filled with players from the club’s development squad.

A small number of individuals currently on the fringes of the first team at the King Power Stadium could play though it is unknown as to who or how many as of yet.

Despite the majority of the Leicester side likely to be under the age of 21, a number of the squad have recent Football League experience including captain Alie Sesay, defender James Pearson and midfielders Jak McCourt and Michael Cain.

Forward Marcel Barrington was formally on the books of Stoke and could play as could England U19 international Jack Barmby, son of former Spurs, Everton and Hull City midfielder Nick Barmby.

Full Lithuanian international Simonas Stankevicius has been promoted to Leicester’s development squad after finishing last season as the U18s top goal scorer and will also be looking to make an impact as the Iron pursue their seventh pre-season friendly victory in 17 days. 

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