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Cox updates prior to Tranmere away

2 October 2020

First team manager Neil Cox says Kenan Dünnwald-Turan will be assessed ahead of the Iron's trip to take on Tranmere Rovers this Saturday.

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The German forward sat out last weekend's 1-0 home league win over Carlisle United and the midweek EFL Trophy home clash against Manchester City with a groin injury.

However, he returned to training on Thursday and will now be looked at in the run-up to Saturday's match.

Cox told iFollow Iron: "Kenan has come back into training and trained well on Thursday morning. We'll see how he is on Friday morning to see whether there's any reaction. We'll go from there really before deciding what team we put out. There were no fresh problems from the other night (against Manchester City U21s)

"Jordan Clarke (who was set to play on Tuesday but missed out after picking up a knock in training on Monday) is still a little sore on his thigh but it's not as bad as we first thought, which is really good. We'll take it easy, make sure he's right and then go again."

There were eight changes for the midweek 4-0 loss in the EFL Trophy, with a number of players who have been on the fringes in recent weeks receiving game time.

Cox, who declared his anger with elements of the performance in his post-match interview, said: "We had a little meeting on Thursday morning to have a chat after we'd calmed down a little bit. I spoke to them, told them what we expect and we're now looking forward to the game at the weekend. We need to be focused because we have a lot of football ahead of us this month, with seven games in 28 days.

"Everybody is going to be needed, and to stay fit and sharp - no sulking around the football club if you're not playing because you might play the next game."

Talking about the players rested in midweek, he continued: "They have a lot of games to come, so we had them doing individual work this week before focusing on Friday on what we'll do at Tranmere."

Saturday's opponents are yet to win or score in the league, but Cox says it's still early days and he expects Michael Jackson's team to be up there in the higher reaches of the division come the end of the campaign.

He said: "It's a tough test. Tranmere is always a difficult place to go. I've had a look at them and watched the three games they've played, and they've changed formation a couple of times. They have a lot of experience and a bit of youth in their side as well, and they look a good, strong outfit. It will be a difficult test for us.

"I felt for them last season but they'll get on with it, get stronger as the season goes on and I expect them to be right up there fighting for promotion come the end of the season.

"It's all about picking up points on the road now and that's what we have to do if we want to finish high up the table. It's a tough place to go to try and get my first away win but we'll set up to try and win the game, and I'm sure it will be an entertaining match."

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