Stuart McCall admitted that some of his players were battling through the pain barrier as they came from three goals down to claim a draw against Oxford United on Saturday.
Scunthorpe have been plagued with injuries throughout the last month, with a number of key first-team players absent for several matches.
Against the U’s, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was replaced by Lewis Butroid at half-time and McCall explained why he made the change.
“CBJ has had a sore hip flexor for a week, but he trained ok on Thursday and on Friday he was fine,” the Iron boss told the club’s website.
“It must have gradually got worse as the first-half went on. You saw him try and clear the ball and he was in pain so that consequently limited the substitutions.”
Matt Lund made his return to the starting line-up on Saturday and McCall praised the midfielder and Lee Novak for battling through the pain barrier.
“It was Lundy’s first game back. He’d been booked and once you get tired there’s a chance he could bring somebody down. Novs has missed two weeks of training now and his ankle is like a balloon but he’s played through that again – not a lot of people see that and notice that.
“A lot of people would have said no when asked if they could play, with the size of his ankle, but that’s the type of character you want in the dressing room.
“Lundy’s the same – he’s had a problem with his ankle and then he’s tweaked his hamstring because he’d worked that much. On Thursday, he was struggling to walk, yet he came in on Friday because he knows he’s needed and put himself there.
“They’re the type of people we need in the team and in the dressing room. There are also a couple of others carrying knocks, but we’ve thankfully got no game in midweek, but we can do a lot of hard work and keep at it, keep believing.”
The Scunthorpe manager is hoping that he will have midfield maestro Funso Ojo back within the next couple of weeks.
Hopefully, in two weeks’ time, the likes of Funso (Ojo, who’s out with a hamstring problem) will be back for us, which will help.”