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AIMING FOR BEST RECOVERY POSSIBLE

18 August 2016

Iron manager Graham Alexander is aiming for the best recovery possible as he takes his side into the second half of the first month of the season.

With four games gone in August, the United boss has the same number of games to contend with left in the month; two of which are cup matches.

"The lads have been with the medical team and sports science department today (Thursday)," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"That's to get the best recovery possible. The boys who didn't start the game on Tuesday have had a practise match up at the training ground with the youth team which was really good. Their attitude for that was superb and it gave them a chance to open their legs up.

"They have to be ready for when they're called upon or when they're needed.

"By training tomorrow we should have everyone raring to go and ready for the game on Saturday."

Paddy Madden and Jamie Ness both continue to miss out for the Iron as both recover from calf injuries, although both are recovering well according to Alexander.

"We're waiting to see on Paddy and Jamie as they keep improving," he continued.

"There are also a few bumps and bruises from Tuesday as you would expect after every game, but we're hoping to have a fully fit squad to choose from, apart from the two that have been missing so far, going into the game.

"We will require more than the eleven that start the game, without a doubt. We've had to do that in every game so far and I can't see it being different from any other game this season."

Midfielder Luke Williams was withdrawn at half time of the 2-1 victory at AFC Wimbledon following a harsh tackle, but the Scunthorpe manager doesn't expect to learn the seriousness of the injury until Friday.

"All the players who played a part on Tuesday have been with the medical staff today," he stated.

"We will learn more about Luke on Friday."

Meanwhile the Iron will have Kevin van Veen in contention for the game following a family bereavement. The Dutchman learned the news on Monday and featured for the club on Tuesday before returning home on Wednesday. Despite this, Alexander expects van Veen to be fully prepared ahead of Gillingham's visit.

"Kevin spoke to me about the situation on Monday," he said.

"Family comes first and he wanted to go back to Holland for the funeral, so there was no doubt in my mind we were going to let him. It's on Friday morning, which isn't ideal, but we trust Kev to do the right things before and after to make sure he's fully prepared for the squad on Saturday.

"He will come back, hopefully in a good place mentally, because he's been in great form. We want that to continue, and him and Hops (Tom Hopper) were a vital part of our performance on Tuesday."

See much more from Graham Alexander, along with Stephen Dawson and David Mirfin on The Iron PlayerHD.

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