Paul Reid passed fit to lead out Scunthorpe United against Portsmouth
PAUL Reid will lead the Iron into their crunch League One clash with relegation rivals Portsmouth after overcoming an ankle injury, the club have confirmed.
The defender had been a concern ahead of Pompey’s visit to Glanford Park on Tuesday as a result of the problem, which he suffered during the second half of Saturday’s loss at Crewe Alexandra.
Reid though trained with the rest of the United squad at Grove Wharf today and will be fit to keep his place in the starting line-up alongside Niall Canavan - a big boost ahead of a big game in the eyes of boss Brian Laws.
“He’s fine, which is great news for us because he’s been outstanding,” said Laws when asked about Reid’s fitness.
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“I’m delighted that he’ll be available for us against Portsmouth.
“Sometimes players won’t carry their knocks, but he is digging deep and willing to do that. He knows how important it is.
“When things aren’t going well, it’s an easy solution to come off but his performances have been excellent. He’s a good leader.
“The combination of him and Niall Canavan has been very good of late. They have a good work ethic.”
Laws reported a couple of other minor knocks amongst the Iron squad, but said everyone had trained.
He is hoping injuries are kind to the Iron during a busy February as he searches for some consistency in his team selection.
“Consistency is the key and a settled side is important to that,” added the United boss.
“We’re starting to get that now and it’s no coincidence that we’re playing better football and starting to get results through it.
“We should have considerably more points on the table for our performances. Nobody would argue otherwise.
“The disappointing thing is we haven’t finished teams off when we’re dominating.”