Scunthorpe United: David Mirfin undergoes scan on knee injury
Scunthorpe United hope to learn the extent of David Mirfin's knee injury inside the next 24 hours.
The defender has today undergone a scan on the problem, which he sustained when he landed awkwardly during the closing stages of the Iron's FA Cup defeat at Gillingham last weekend.
The club had hoped Mirfin, who has struggled to recapture his best form since returning to Glanford Park during the summer, would recover sufficiently to play in last night's League One match at Walsall.
But he missed the 4-1 victory - in which his replacement, Niall Canavan, scored twice - and manager Brian Laws is already fearing he may have to bring in cover.
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"David is going to go for a scan because the knee's not reacting as well as we thought," said the Iron boss last night.
"We're going to have to get a true reflection of what the problem is. We'll probably find out Thursday or Friday at the latest.
"It also tells us that if Mirf's out we've got a problem because we haven't got any cover in defence.
"That's another area I may have to concentrate on but at the moment we don't know, we'll have to wait and see."
Laws hinted he is giving serious consideration to handing a first start of the season to Damien Mozika in Saturday's game at Coventry City.
On-loan Sheffield Wednesday midfielder David Prutton begins a three-match suspension at the Ricoh Arena as a result of the 12th red card of his career at Walsall last night.
Michael Collins is another potential replacement, even though he missed his side's Saddlers success with a knock.
But having suffered no reaction to his ankle injury when coming off the bench twice in the past five days, Frenchman Mozika may well be the man to get the nod.
"He's still short of fitness, you can see that," explained Laws, who brought the former Bury player on in the 78th minute at the Banks's Stadium.
"He has missed a lot of football, that's the thing, and when a player misses that amount of time, especially early in the season, he is catching up all the time.
"We have to be careful and mindful that you can throw a player in and undo all of the hard work that has been done.
"But I've said that the only way I'm going to get him fit is by chucking him in.
"Maybe that's what we might have to do on Saturday, but we'll wait and see."