Scunthorpe United 'hopeful' skipper Paul Reid will overcome latest injury in time for Saturday
The injury curse has struck again for Scunthorpe United skipper Paul Reid.
The Iron defender was due to take part in a behind-closed-doors game against Burnley this afternoon but has been forced to pull out with a calf problem.
Reid has yet to play this season. After breaking a bone in his hand during the summer and undergoing an operation, he then returned to training almost a month ago before featuring on the bench against Portsmouth, Tranmere and Stevenage.
He missed out on a place among the substitutes for Saturday's clash with Brentford due to a groin injury. But with fellow centre-back David Mirfin suspended for this weekend's trip to Swindon, manager Alan Knill is hopeful Reid will overcome his latest setback.
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"We're hoping Paul Reid is going to be available," said the United boss. "His groin's allright, he's just got a tight calf.
"We're hopeful he's going to be available obviously, he's the one we need to come and step in.
"He went swimming on Sunday and felt his calf. He didn't train yesterday and we're waiting to see how he is.
"We couldn't risk him today.
"If he was completely fit and he felt fine himself, and we are governed by the player, then he'd play. But at the moment it's kind of like wrapping him cotton wool. He'll train Thursday, train Friday and hopefully play on Saturday.
"It is one thing after another but we're hopeful this will be the end of it.
"Like everything, he'll decide. He decides when he's fit or how he feels.
"We more or less arranged this game for him to play in, so we're disappointed he's not going to take part, but we can't do anything about it if he's injured.
"We're hopeful he'll train Thursday. He seems to think he'll be able to train Thursday."
Knill had hoped to give Reid some game-time before recalling him to the first-team, but admits he will now have to throw him in at the deep end.
"It will be like that but we don't really have much choice and also we want him on the pitch," said Knill.
"You've got to play somewhere, he's trained and now he just needs the games, so if it means it's games within the first-team, then so be it. Plenty of other players have done it and I'm quite sure Reidy will accept that, and I know he does."
Michael Collins (tendinopathy) will step up his recovery by taking part at Glanford Park today, building on the first half he played in last week's friendly at York.
"Collins is going to play and hopefully get more minutes than he did last week," Knill added.
"He had 45 minutes last week, we'll probably take him a little bit further and see how he feels.
"A few of the others who haven't played and need some game time will play, Connor Jennings will play a little bit more. He probably won't play the whole game but he'll play. Callum Kennedy will play and Mark Hughes and Jordan Keegan are going to play, so it's a decent squad."
Knill thought about including midfielder Damien Mozika in that list after the Frenchman trained with the first-team for the first time this season following an ankle injury, but he remains some way short of fitness.
"Damien trained with us yesterday which was very good," said Knill.
"It's just what was to be expected really for when he came in. He trained with the youth team last week and it's not as intense; he trained with us yesterday and it was quite intense.
"He started well and just tired towards the end of it.
"You can see he's just frustrated with himself really because he wants to be there now.
"But we're hopeful he'll get through this week, then if we can have a game next week and take some part in that, then hopefully he'll be around the squad.
"He's only really trained once properly, today is a bit too soon.
"We did think about it yesterday after watching him and he definitely didn't look out of place. But speaking to him, he probably needs a full week's training."