Paul Reid nursing an ankle injury, but Scunthorpe United hope it's not serious
SCUNTHORPE United hope club captain Paul Reid suffered only a minor knock during his side’s 1-0 defeat at Notts County on Saturday.
The centre-back had to be substituted at Meadow Lane shortly after half-time having taken a kick on his ankle during the opening 45 minutes.
Reid only returned to the Iron starting line-up a week earlier having missed the previous three games through illness.
It has been a stop-start campaign for the former Colchester United and Barnsley stopper, but his presence in the back four would be welcome as United fight for their future in League One.
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Laws said on Reid’s injury after the final whistle at Meadow Lane: “It’s very sore and tender at this moment in time, but the early indications are he should be okay.
“He couldn't sprint off, the pain was too much for him, so it gave Niall Canavan an opportunity to come back and I thought his reaction was first class.
“He’s been disappointed not to be in the side but I thought his performance was very good, especially as he came on in the second half and it can be very hard to get into games sometimes.
“I thought there were some really, really positive performances, I really did.
“We’ve got to use that performance and keep believing that if we keep creating, we will stick the ball in the back of the net.”
Despite their defeat, Oldham Athletic’s 1-0 loss at home to Bournemouth on Saturday means the gap between the Iron and the bottom four remains at two points.
That could all change tomorrow night though, when the Latics host Hartlepool United, the side below them in the table.
Laws has always maintained the Iron must decide their own fate and that they cannot rely on others to do them any favours.
He is happy for such a scenario to happen, though.
“The fact Oldham lost at home on Saturday is good for us, if they'd have won it (coupled with Scunthorpe’s defeat) would have been a double-whammy.
“Teams above us have picked up a point here and there and gone a little bit further away, but we've still got to believe we can catch them, otherwise it will be a two-horse race.
“It's going to be a nervy time, for sure, between now and the end of the season, but we didn't fall apart on Saturday.
“Our performances should suggest to everybody we're going in the right direction. Saturday’s was as good a performance you'll get without winning a game.”