Scunthorpe United skipper Paul Reid expected to be fit to face Doncaster Rovers
SKIPPER Paul Reid is expected to be fit for Scunthorpe United’s derby against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
The defender has yet to train this week after being substituted midway through the Iron’s 1-0 defeat at Notts County last weekend, having taken a blow to the ankle.
Manager Brian Laws says the injury has improved since then and expects Reid to resume training tomorrow.
“Paul’s been recovering really well,” he explained. “He had a bit of swelling on his ankle on Saturday, but he’s feeling very confident he’ll be ready for the weekend, which is really good news for us.
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“The swelling’s gone down considerably and he’s hoping to do some training.
“That shows he’s certainly going in the right direction and we’re fairly confident he should be okay for the weekend.”
Bringing his captain off shortly after half-time prevented the problem from being any worse, according to the manager.
“You have to make decisions. You don’t want to take a leader off or someone who’s playing well,” he continued.
“Even though he wants to try to stay on, sometimes it can go against you and it can make the injury worse.
“It was probably the right thing to do and Niall Canavan responded fantastically to being left out of the side.
“He came in and I thought he was excellent when he came on.
“It just shows that at least we know we’ve got good back-up and everyone is focused on the right thing.”
Full-back Eddie Nolan also suffered a knock against the Magpies, in his instance, to his back, and has been receiving treatment but should make the weekend.
Likewise, the man he is keeping out of the team, Christian Ribeiro.
The Welshman, who has only just come back from a hamstring problem, was not among the substitutes at Meadow Lane.
“He had a little bit of a fatigue setback so he wasn’t able to be on the bench, otherwise he would have been because we were lacking in defensive cover,” said Laws.
“For us, it was a disappointment but the physio is being quite protective over him because he’s been out for quite a while.
“He’s been training with us the last couple of days so he should be okay for this weekend.”
The manager also added midfielder Damien Mozika is undergoing further tests to determine the extent of his hamstring injury.
“Damien has had that setback and he’s still at that point, he hasn’t got back on the training ground,” Laws said.
“We’re going to re-test him and re-scan him to see if there’s any further damage and we’ll hopefully get that conclusion by the end of the week.”