Scunthorpe United full-back Callum Kennedy would love to return to face Swindon Town
Scunthorpe United full-back Callum Kennedy admits he can have no complaints at his lack of first-team football.
But he is optimistic an enforced defensive reshuffle may open the door for a first start in eight weeks at former club Swindon Town.
Kennedy has endured a frustrating start to the season at Glanford Park having fractured a toe on his competitive debut for the club, the 5-5 Capital One Cup clash at Derby County.
The 23-year-old was unavailable for a month while the injury healed and has since found himself having to settle for a place on the bench given the consistent displays of Tom Newey.
When Newey was moved inside to centre-half following David Mirfin's red card in the closing stages of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Brentford, Kennedy played his first football since the second weekend of the season.
And with Paul Reid yet to prove his fitness when it comes to possible replacements for Mirfin, Kennedy is hoping he may get the nod.
"I know it was only for five minutes, but it felt good to be back on the pitch on Saturday. Hopefully it can continue," said the summer signing.
"I was enjoying playing, despite the injury, so it's been really annoying to have sit games out because it's been such a little thing.
"Tom's a good player and a very good defender. With the way he's been playing, I know I've got no right to walk back into the team.
"It's good because competition for places keeps us on our toes.
"I think it's a battle we're both relishing.
"I'd like to think that scenario (Mirfin's red card) opens the door for me this weekend, but I'll just train hard this week and give myself the best possible chance to play on Saturday."
Kennedy joined Scunthorpe from Swindon, having been part of the squad that won the League Two title last season.
While his new club have struggled, his old one have made a flying start following promotion and are another side the Iron face that are in or around the top six.
"I was expecting them to do well," Kennedy said of the Robins.
"They've spent a lot of money and brought in some very good players to add what was a good squad last season.
"They were always going to be one of those teams that were up there, so it will be a good test for us.
"It would be a great game for me to back for. Obviously it was one I looked for when I came here. I'd love to play.
"I was at Swindon from when I was 16 and last season was a fantastic season for the team.
"I've moved on and I'm happy here but I'm looking forward to seeing some old faces and hopefully getting three points."