Ankle injury shouldn't keep Akpo Sodje out of Scunthorpe United's game at Bury
SCUNTHORPE United are hopeful Akpo Sodje will be fit to lead the Iron's attack in tomorrow’s relegation six-pointer with Bury.
The veteran striker was substituted during the second half of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Coventry City – a match in which he had earlier scored his fifth goal in nine games – after taking a whack to his ankle.
It is not the same ankle though as the one which forced Sodje to miss United’s previous two games and boss Brian Laws said the player had been withdrawn more as a precaution than a necessity.
“I hope he’s okay, we think he is anyway,” said Laws, post-match.
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“It was on his other foot to the injury he had previously, one of the Coventry players stood on his foot.
“We brought him off as a precaution because we have to remember we have a big game on Tuesday.
“It’s important to have your best players available and if we can get the ball into the box for Sodj, he’ll cause problems.”
Having been pleased with large spells of his side’s performance against the Sky Blues, Laws was disappointed with the result.
The Iron can ill afford a similar situation at Gigg Lane tomorrow, against a Shakers side also struggling for form and who dropped to the bottom of the League One table after losing 2-0 at Portsmouth at the weekend.
Laws says it is ‘as big a game as we’ve had all season’.
“We have to take the huge amount of positives out of Saturday and move it on to the next game,” he vowed.
“Coventry are a good footballing side with good players and are moving on.
“Bury play a different system and style.
“It’s a very, very big game for both teams. We have to be very brave when we go there.
“I thought we were brave on Saturday, but hopefully the rewards will be there on Tuesday.”