Scunthorpe face Oxford in a top of the table clash on Sunday afternoon, but visit the Kassam Stadium without leading scorer Sam Winnall. The 11 goal front man was sent off for celebrating in the 2-2 draw with Bury on Boxing Day, having scored both goals.
The Iron are likely to recall Jimmy Spencer to the line up whilst youngster Jamie Wooton has been recalled from a loan spell at Gainsborough and is likely to be included on the bench with target man Chris Iwelumo.
Michael Collins (calf) and Matt Sparrow (hamstring) are in contention following injuries. However, Andy Dawson and Reuben Noble-Lazarus are likely to miss out.
Manager Russ Wilcox admits Winnall will be missed, with Matt Godden also nursing an injury: “He’s our top scorer and the joint top scorer in the league. Of course you’re going to miss your top scorer”.
“I don’t want to go there and defend” Wilcox said.
“That’s not going to be my way – I said that again at half-time at Bury, that while we were leading 1-0, we needed to get that second goal.
“It’s going to be a tough game. They are a strong, powerful side – but I just think every game is tough.
“I spoke to the lads today about the two games and for me, Oxford will be no more difficult that Bury was.
“That’s what kind of league it is. Bottom can beat top and vice-versa and if you don’t turn up on the day, you get beat.”
Oxford striker Dave Kitson is unavailable after picking up his tenth yellow card of the season against Plymouth on Boxing Day. Deane Smalley stands by to replace Kitson and will partner James Constable as the U’s look to get back to winning ways after Plymouth ended their nine game unbeaten run.
The hosts were backed by over 10,000 fans on Boxing Day and there is likely to be another bumper crowd for tomorrow’s clash which sees 2nd play 3rd. A win would see the Iron move top of the League Two table – if Chesterfield are beaten by Dagenham & Redbridge.