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Match pack: Southend United (A)

26 January 2018

The Iron return to action with an away clash at Southend United on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

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25 January 2018

Scunthorpe come into the match on the back of a 1-1 home draw against Doncaster Rovers, which saw a much-improved performance but the late setback of an equaliser conceded.

The Shrimpers are under new management in the form of Chris Powell, and their last game was a fortnight ago when Fleetwood defeated them 2-1.

Matt Gilks will miss the match with a calf injury, but Alexander is hopeful that the goalkeeper could return to action soon. He was set to train with the medical staff on Thursday as he stepped up his recovery.

Neal Bishop (knee) will miss out on Saturday, although his injury is not as bad as first feared. Alexander was hopeful he'd be back next week.

Meanwhile, new loanee Ryan Yates has returned to the Iron following a finger operation that has kept him out of the last two games. Alexander says he will be assessed ahead of the fixture.

Luke Williams continues to train following a long-term hamstring lay-off, while Sam Mantom continues to be back on the grass with the medical team following a groin injury, but is yet to return to full training.

Long-term absentees Jordan Clarke (hamstring) and Jonathon Margetts (knee) are still a while away from returning, while Andrew Crofts trained on Monday for the first time following an ankle injury.

Elsewhere, Levi Sutton returned to training earlier this week following illness last week, while striker Kyle Wootton has suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury suffered while on loan at Stevenage.

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