Damien Mozika and Christian Ribeiro a fortnight away from return for Scunthorpe United
INJURED duo Damien Mozika and Christian Ribeiro should be fit to return for the second half of what looks like being the busiest month of Scunthorpe United's season.
Manager Brian Laws says the pair are 'progressing really well' from hamstring injuries and expects both to be in the frame for first-team selection in a fortnight's time.
That is welcome news for the Iron as they prepare to play seven matches in February - five of which come at Glanford Park.
“It would be nice to get them back in these next couple of weeks because we're going to have a load of games which will definitely stretch our resources to the max," said Laws, when asked about Mozika and Ribeiro's progress.
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“They're well on track. Speaking to our physio Darren (Mouatt) on Tuesday, he's fairly confident both of them should be okay in the next couple of weeks, which is good news for us."
Midfielder Josh Walker has been back in training this week after picking up a bug that ruled him out of last weekend's 1-1 draw at Carlisle United on Saturday.
The former Middlesbrough man is likely to return to the bench for Saturday's trip to Crewe Alexandra - the Iron's third successive away game.
Still expected to be absent though is Robbie Gibbons, who, Laws has revealed, has been battling illness since the beginning of December, one which appears to have been serious, but the details of which the Iron boss was not willing to divulge.
“Robbie has been ill, but the illness he's got has been a bit more personal," he said.
“It's been a problem for him over the last few months, but he's been with the doctor and he's had some tests done just to make sure he's okay.
“We've had the green light, which is pleasing. He will come back into the throe of things towards the end of this week."
Any player currently out of action through illness or injury must play their way back to full fitness with the first team.
Laws has added that with a busy schedule, the Iron will not be looking to play any reserve friendlies during February.
He said: "We've got to be careful of what we've got coming up and knowing we're going to be playing Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday it's not a good time to stick another game in between. I think that would stretch us too far.
“We need as many numbers as we can at the moment and the important thing is to make sure that the ones that we have got are fit."