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IRON WAIT ON MCALLISTER

28 March 2014

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.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox, Gary McSheffrey and Niall Canavan on The Iron Player.

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