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2 September 2014

Iron manager Russ Wilcox has confirmed he is waiting on a few unnamed players to be declared fit before choosing his team against Chesterfield.

United are in Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round action at Glanford Park on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) as they look to build on recent performances, including a 2-1 home victory over Walsall on Saturday.

While Wilcox won't confirm the players who are doubtful, he says Eddie Nolan - who missed the weekend win over the Saddlers - is one.

Wilcox told The Iron Player: "He's going to be touch and go. He's taken a whack on his neck from a collision with Bobby Olejnik. It's very sore and tight but, fingers crossed, he'll be okay to go on Tuesday.

"Monday's training went well. We had a short, intense session.

"The games are coming thick and fast, as we have another one on Tuesday against Chesterfield before travelling to face Bristol City on Saturday.

"So we'll get through these two games and hopefully get two positive results, and then give the lads a couple of days off then."

Despite losing their first three games, Wilcox says the players' belief has been strong since the first day of the season.

"The lads have been fine all the way through. The first couple of games were hard to take. We've not been used to losing, but I do feel we're getting to grips with the league.

"It's been a tough start, and still is. I watched Bristol City win 2-1 at Notts County on Sunday and they're a strong team, with Championship players in their squad and a big budget.

"That will be really tough but before then we have the Chesterfield game."

Meanwhile, Wilcox confirmed David Mirfin has taken an important step closer to action following his knee operation in July.

"He is off crutches now and it's good to see him walking about," he added.

"His next progress will be from walking, to jogging, and then to his own individual pre-season - which is a five or six week block.

"You have to throw games in there as well, which will be reserve games.

"The first step though is we're pleased to see him off crutches.

"There are a few in there. We have to get on with it though, that's the way it is.

"We're missing some top quality players from last year's spine but the lads that have been given the opportunity are grasping it with both hands. That's why you have a squad."

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

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