United make their second long journey of the week when they travel to face Exeter City on Saturday (1pm kick-off).
Scunthorpe come into the game on the back of a narrow 1-0 loss at high-flying Cheltenham Town, which saw an improved performance from United, who lost to an early Reuben Reid penalty.
The Iron come into this match looking to get a win that could see them climb from their current position of 23rd in the League Two table.
The Grecians come into the fixture sitting ninth in League Two after defeating Crawley Town 2-1 in midweek, as Jake Taylor and Ryan Bowman got late goals which sealed a home success.
They had drawn their previous two away games (0-0 at Walsall and 2-2 at Southend), and defeated Cambridge 2-0 in their second from last home fixture.
They have only suffered defeat once this season in the league, which was a 2-0 loss at home to Port Vale on the second weekend of the campaign.
Former Iron skipper Rory McArdle arrived in the summer after leaving us, but hasn't played during the last fortnight due to a knee injury, which is reported could result in a 'lengthy absence'.
Other summer defensive additions included former Charlton man Lewis Page and Jake Caprice after he departed Tranmere Rovers.
Dean Moxey, Craig Woodman, Lee Martin, Lee Holmes, Gary Warren, Brennan Dickenson, Aaron Martin and Jared Thompson have all left the club during the last few months.
Myles Hippolyte returns to contention after serving a one-match ban for his two yellow cards which resulted in a dismissal in the defeat at home to Cambridge United last week.
However, fellow midfielder Lewis Spence will miss out through a one game suspension after picking up his fifth league booking of the season in Tuesday night's game at Cheltenham.
Frank Vincent (thigh) will also miss out this game, after being absent for the trip to Cheltenham.
The Iron's skipper, Jordan Clarke, has resumed full training and is close to making his return to the squad for the first time in nine months.
Harrison McGahey and Jordan Hallam (both hamstring) continue to recover from their injuries, with the former joining in full training this week and also close to a return to the squad, while Kevin van Veen (knee) also continues his rehabilitation after his operation in early September.
Goalkeeper Mark Howard, who signed on Thursday morning, comes into contention, while Junior Brown has continued to train hard this week after signing on Sunday but is more likely to be involved next week.
An unnamed member of the Iron squad misses out after a positive COVID-19 test, while a fellow player who has come into close contact with them also has to self-isolate.
Our last game against the Grecians came in October last season when United won 3-1 at the Sands Venue Stadium. James Perch opened the scoring with the Iron's best goal of last term, and it was followed up by strikes from Jamie Ward and Alex Gilliead.
United gained promotion to League One the last time the two sides met at St James Park, despite it being the end of a 28-game unbeaten run.
The Grecians were the only side to complete a domestic double over the Iron back in 2013-14, with Scunthorpe failing to score in either fixture.
|SEASON - DATE||COMPETITION||RESULT||IRON SCORERS|
|2019-20 - Tue Oct 22||LG 2||Iron 3-1 Exeter||Perch, Ward, Gilliead|
|2013-14 - Sat Apr 26||LG 2||Exeter 2-0 Iron|
|2013-14 - Sat Oct 19||LG 2||Iron 0-4 Exeter|
|2011-12 - Fri Apr 6||LG 1||Iron 1-0 Exeter||Parkin|
|2011-12 - Sat Dec 17||LG 1||Exeter 0-0 Iron|
|2002-03 - Tue Jan 21||DIV 3||Iron 1-1 Exeter||Carruthers|
|2002-03 - Tue Aug 13||DIV 3||Exeter 1-1 Iron||Carruthers|
|2001-02 - Tue Jan 15||DIV 3||Iron 3-4 Exeter||McCombe, Beagrie, Quailey|
|2001-02 - Sat Aug 24||DIV 3||Exeter 0-4 Iron||Carruthers 2, Grant, Bradshaw|
|2000-01 - Sat Apr 28||DIV 3||Iron 0-2 Exeter|
|2000-01 - Sat Nov 11||DIV 3||Exeter 2-1 Iron||Torpey|
|1998-99 - Sat Apr 3||DIV 3||Iron 2-0 Exeter||Eyre, Logan|
|1998-99 - Sat Oct 17||DIV 3||Exeter 2-2 Iron||Forrester, Hope|
|1997-98 - Sat Apr 25||DIV 3||Iron 2-1 Exeter||D'Auria, Harsley|
|1997-98 - Sat Oct 25||DIV 3||Exeter 2-3 Iron||Walsh, Hope, D'Auria|
|1996-97 - Sat Mar 15||DIV 3||Exeter 0-1 Iron||Jones|
|1996-97 - Sat Dec 14||DIV 3||Iron 4-1 Exeter||Garcia, Sertori, Clarkson 2|
|1995-96 - Tue Mar 26||DIV 3||Iron 4-0 Exeter||Eyre 2, Ford, McFarlane|
|1995-96 - Sat Sep 2||DIV 3||Exeter 1-0 Iron|
|1994-95 - Sat Jan 7||DIV 3||Iron 3-0 Exeter||Eyre 2, Alexander|
|1994-95 - Sat Oct 22||DIV 3||Exeter 2-2 Iron||Juryeff, Henderson|
|1989-90 - Wed Mar 28||DIV 4||Exeter 1-0 Iron|
|1989-90 - Sat Sep 23||DIV 4||Iron 5-4 Exeter||Lillis 2, Hamilton 2, Taylor|
|1988-89 - Sat Feb 11||DIV 4||Iron 2-0 Exeter||Lister, Cowling|
|1988-89 - Sat Sep 24||DIV 4||Exeter 2-2 Iron||Daws, Rumble|
|1987-88 - Mon May 2||DIV 4||Iron 1-1 Exeter||Shearer|
|1987-88 - Sat Dec 12||DIV 4||Exeter 1-1 Iron||Johnson|
|1986-87 - Sat Apr 25||DIV 4||Exeter 0-0 Iron|
|1986-87 - Fri Dec 19||DIV 4||Iron 3-1 Exeter||Reeves 2, Hill|
|1985-86 - Tue Apr 22||DIV 4||Iron 1-0 Exeter||Cammack|
|1985-86 - Wed Sep 18||DIV 4||Exeter 2-0 Iron|
|1984-85 - Tue Mar 19||DIV 4||Iron 7-1 Exeter||Broddle, Whitehead, Cammack 2, Graham 2, Brolly|
|1984-85 - Sat Sep 8||DIV 4||Exeter 2-1 Iron||Lester|
|1983-84 - Wed Apr 11||DIV 3||Exeter 1-1 Iron||Brolly|
|1983-84 - Sat Sep 3||DIV 3||Iron 3-1 Exeter||Lester, Cammack, Graham|
|1976-77 - Tue Mar 15||DIV 4||Iron 4-1 Exeter||Lumby 2, Czuczman, Hore og|
|1976-77 - Wed Sep 29||DIV 4||Exeter 2-0 Iron|
|1975-76 - Fri Apr 23||DIV 4||Exeter 5-4 Iron||Green, Woodward 2, Wiggington|
|1975-76 - Sat Aug 23||DIV 4||Iron 0-1 Exeter|
|1974-75 - Sat Feb 1||DIV 4||Iron 2-1 Exeter||Collier, Roberts|
|1974-75 - Sat Nov 9||DIV 4||Exeter 0-0 Iron|
|1973-74 - Mon Apr 22||DIV 4||Exeter 4-0 Iron|
|1971-72 - Sat Feb 26||DIV 4||Iron 3-0 Exeter||Giles og, Jackson, Fletcher|
|1971-72 - Sat Nov 6||DIV 4||Exeter 1-0 Iron|
|1970-71 - Sat Oct 17||DIV 4||Iron 3-0 Exeter||Keegan, Cassidy 2|
|1970-71 - Sat Aug 15||DIV 4||Exeter 1-1 Iron||Keegan|
|1969-70 - Sat Dec 20||DIV 4||Exeter 4-1 Iron||Cassidy|
|1969-70 - Sat Sep 6||DIV 4||Iron 0-0 Exeter|
|1968-69 - Sat Apr 12||DIV 4||Exeter 3-1 Iron||Heath|
|1968-69 - Sat Sep 21||DIV 3||Iron 2-1 Exeter||Deere, Foley|
|1965-66 - Sat Feb 19||DIV 3||Exeter 4-0 Iron|
|1964-65 - Fri Jan 8||DIV 3||Exeter 1-3 Iron||Thomas 2, Hutton|
|1964-65 - Sat Oct 24||DIV 3||Iron 0-0 Exeter|
|SCUNTHORPE WINS||DRAWS||EXETER WINS|
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