Striker Nathan Ellington expected to be fit for Scunthorpe United's trip to Leyton Orient
SCUNTHORPE United are hopeful of having striker Nathan Ellington available for Saturday's trip to Leyton Orient.
The on-loan Ipswich Town front man missed last week's 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth with a calf injury but did some light training yesterday and is expected to be fit for the weekend.
Given the loss of Leon Clarke, whose own loan spell has now come to an end, boss Brian Laws says Ellington is an "important player" for the Iron.
"We're going to monitor him and we're pushing as hard as we can. Ideally we want him ready for Saturday and that's our plan," said the manager.
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"Nathan's very aware of our thoughts and the physio (Darren Mouatt) is very strong on where he believes he should be.
"We hope that come the weekend we've got a fit Nathan Ellington.
"Nathan's got to play a big part because he's a player we've brought in to cover Leon Clarke's departure.
"He's going to be an important player for us.
"His experience alone is going to be important to us, so we need him on the pitch. It's important for us to have that.
"The other side of it is, whenever you get a loan player, you're always trying to catch up because he's trying to get match fit at the same time.
"We just thought we were getting there with him and then he's had a little setback but at least it is only a little setback."
Midfielder Josh Walker however, has been ruled out of action until at least mid-January.
The 23-year-old damaged ankle ligaments in training last week and has been on crutches.
Laws though, hopes the fact no surgery is required and that it is an injury Walker has suffered from before, will help to speed up the recovery process.
"The terminology is he's cracked a bone but it's actually a slight tear of a tendon," the United boss explained. "They call it a fracture but it's not, it's soft tissue.
"It's more of a tendon and ligament damage.
"There's no surgery or anything like that, it's settled down itself and it will only be three or four weeks maximum, then hopefully he'll be okay.
"His standing foot gave way on him and he's gone over on his ankle. There was nothing he could do, it wasn't about the surface, it wasn't about whether we were indoors or outdoors, it's just one of those things which happen.
"He's had one before so he's aware of his own body and knows how bad it is. He feels it's not as bad as last time and he was back within five weeks for the last one.
"If it's not as bad as the last one then we could potentially have him back a bit quicker."