Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill praises benefits of full squad as Callum Kennedy returns
Scunthorpe United expect to have left-back Callum Kennedy available for Saturday's trip to Shrewsbury Town.
The defender has missed the last four games with a fractured toe but has returned to training this week, leaving manager Alan Knill to praise the benefits of a full squad.
Damien Mozika and Michael Collins were the only two to miss out on training and the Iron boss hopes increased options will equate to improved results on the pitch.
"We've got a full list of players training, which is good," said Knill.
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"It was Calum's first day back on Tuesday.
"The toe is okay, it's good enough to train.
"It's good to have him back and gives us some more options.
"I think Tom Newey has really competed well. I think he's playing to his max, which is credit to him really.
"In a way we're quite lucky we took him as cover to play centre-half and at left-back because we've needed both positions.
"I feel we're stronger, which is most important."
Mozika and Collins have stepped up their recoveries from an ankle problem and tendinopathy respectively.
"They're not close but they're progressing, which is the most important," Knill added.
"They're on the grass doing work whereas before they've just been in the gym.
"The sooner they're back, the better, but it is a process where you can't rush it.
"For both of them, you just don't want it to happen again. You want them to be healthy now for the rest of the season.
"That's the idea, that we take care with them and make sure they are fit because both have come back and then suffered set-backs. We don't want that to happen again.
"I want a full squad. I want Collins and I want Mozika back because I know it will add more competition and more competition improves the squad, so the sooner they come back, the better."
Christian Ribeiro will be fit for the weekend after missing Monday's session with a tight hamstring, while Mark Duffy was suffering from a similar problem prior to last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.
"Credit to him, he had a fitness test before the game," Knill explained.
"On the Friday, when he did his hamstring, we all went, 'can't see him playing'.
"Then he had a fitness test on the Saturday morning and said he was going to have a go.
"I thought he came through it quite well and did quite well, he's a talented footballer.
"He got a kick on the Achilles before but it was his hamstring he felt on the Friday.
"When things are bad and aren't going well it's quite easy every now and again to go, 'I'm not sure I fancy this'. But he didn't.
"He said he wanted to play and help."