Groin injury suffered by Scunthorpe United captain Paul Reid is not a concern, says manager Alan Knill
Club captain Paul Reid is in line to deputise for the suspended David Mirfin when Scunthorpe United travel to Swindon Town this weekend.
He has not kicked a ball this season and had his comeback from a broken hand delayed by a minor groin problem last week, but boss Alan Knill says there is no need to be concerned about the defender's fitness.
Mirfin misses the game at the County Ground through a one-match ban incurred as a result of the third red card of his Iron career during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Brentford at Glanford Park.
He was booked, arguably somewhat harshly, for handling a shot in the first half which earned the Bees a penalty before then fouling vising midfielder Jonathan Douglas late on.
The Iron brought on Callum Kennedy and moved Tom Newey inside to partner Niall Canavan during the closing stages of Saturday's game.
But the return of Reid remains Knill's preferred scenario.
"We're hopeful Reid will be back for Saturday," said Knill, after his side ended a run of three successive defeats.
"It's not really a concern. I don't think so anyway.
"He was supposed to play last week in a friendly, but he tweaked his groin on the Tuesday and so we left him out as a precaution.
"We had it scanned and it's come back fine.
"He wasn't involved today, but in our minds he's training Monday and will hopefully be involved in a game on Tuesday.
Striker Karl Hawley could also be involved against the Robins.
He has missed the last two matches after twisiting his ankle a fortnight ago but is having an injection in an attempt to speed up his recovery.
"It's only a slight twist. It's not bad," Knill said.
"He's having a sugar injection, but we believe he should be back two weeks from when he got the injury.
"We're hoping he'll be available for Saturday because he's a big player for us. He keeps the ball at the top end of the pitch and stretches opponents."
Knill explained his decision to drop Josh Walker to the bench for the Brentford game, having instead preferred to partner David Prutton and Robbie Gibbons together in midfield.
"The previous Saturday, at Stevenage, we felt Robbie was better," Knill reasoned.
"Josh is a talented footballer, without a doubt, but he needs to have the football to be that and I didn't think he did enough to get the football for us that day.
"We went from back to front and I need Josh to get on the ball and make people give him it, otherwise the game passes him by.
"We had a sit down and decided to go with Robbie and Prutts.
"Robbie has lots of enthusiasm, lots of energy and I thought he was okay today, but obviously we know there is room for improvement."