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Team news ahead of the Iron’s clash with Plymouth

Scunthorpe will once again be without a number of key players as they prepare to welcome Plymouth Argyle to Glanford Park this afternoon.

The Iron come into the game on the back of four league defeats in the row, having thrown away a two-goal lead at Wycombe last weekend and then losing out 1-0 to Blackpool in midweek.

Meanwhile, struggling Argyle will be coming in with renewed confidence following their 3-2 victory over Gillingham on Tuesday.

Fun fact: Scunthorpe have won each of their last five league meetings with Plymouth by an aggregate score of 11-1.

Iron team news

With a number of injuries to key first-team players, the United squad is looking extremely thin on the ground ahead of Plymouth’s visit.

Scunthorpe midfielders Josh Morris and Matt Lund remain on the sidelines for the time being and they are joined by long-term absentees Matt Gilks and Rory Watson.

Lee Novak is once again expected to be absent for the Iron after it was revealed that he still hadn’t fully recovered from his calf problem on Thursday.

Stuart McCall is also sweating over the fitness of midfield maestro Funso Ojo, who limped out of Tuesday’s match at Bloomfield Road. The Belgian underwent a scan on Thursday and looks almost certain to not play a part in the game.

Although new signing Yasin Ben El-Mhanni penned a contract on Friday, his availability for the fixture is so far unknown, although it shouldn’t be long before he is part of the matchday squad.

Potential tactical changes

Due to the injuries within the squad, there is not too much Stuart McCall can really change within the side at the moment.

After changing the system on Tuesday night, in an attempt to match up to the physicality of Blackpool, the Iron boss revealed after the game that he would be reverting back to a 4-4-2 formation against Argyle.

This would likely see captain Rory McArdle return to his position in the heart of the defence, at the likely expense of Cameron Burgess.

In the potential absence of Funso Ojo, James Horsfield is the leading candidate for a starting berth in central midfield, alongside James Perch.

Elsewhere, due to a lack of options up front, striker Stephen Humphrys could well be joined by Chelsea loanee Ike Ugbo, should he be fit and ready to start the game.

Plymouth team news

After an incredible run last season, which just saw Plymouth miss out on a place in the League One play-offs, Derek Adams’ side have had a difficult start to the campaign and currently sit second bottom in the table.

The Argyle manager is hopeful of having star man, Graham Carey, fit for the clash against the Iron. The creative midfielder has been struggling with a stomach bug, whilst there are also question marks over the fitness of fellow midfielder David Fox, who limped off against Gillingham with a foot injury.

However, Gary Sawyer, Ryan Taylor, Joe Riley and Scott Wootton all remain sidelined with long-term issues.


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Written by James Murray

Aspiring journalist and Scunthorpe United fan studying at the London South Bank University.

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