Iron manager Russ Wilcox is sweating on the fitness of midfielder Sean McAllister ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Wycombe Wanderers at Glanford Park.The 26-year-old has become a mainstay in the United side since joining on a free transfer in the summer, with his combative performances forming a key part of the Iron’s set-up.
However, Wilcox may be forced to shuffle his pack for the visit of the Chairboys after McAllister suffered a minor complaint during Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road.
Having been rested against Southend United following a similar problem a fortnight ago, Wilcox is wary of over-exerting the Bolton-born midfielder, and told The Iron Player: “Sean has a little niggle with his hamstring, which is why he’s come off for the last 10 minutes.
“It’s obviously a concern. You’ve seen the amount of effort Sean puts into every single game. It’s amazing, so obviously he’s going to get tired.
“Do I freshen up Saturday with it being three in a week, or do I roll out the same XI? I’m not sure at the moment, but will make a decision in the next 24 hours.”
One player looking to step up his recovery from injury is Deon Burton, who has not featured for United since being struck down with a calf problem during the 3-3 draw at Dagenham & Redbridge in January.
The veteran forward’s rehabilitation process is making steady progress, and Wilcox added: “He’s going well, and has been on the training ground with the group this morning [Thursday] but done some individual work with the fitness coach.
“I think the key with Deon is giving him ownership. He knows his body well now; he’s a 37-year-old and knows where he’s at. Obviously he’ll have guidance from the fitness coach and the physio, but I’m hoping he’s a couple of weeks ago at most really if gets no reaction.
“He did the warm-up with the players on Tuesday night which was great, as it got him out there and gave the fans a little buzz as well. That’s a huge positive at the moment.”
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