Hooper struggling for Toon test

Leading goalscorer Gary Hooper is doubtful for Scunthorpe's Championship trip to leaders Newcastle United on Wednesday night.

Last Updated: 16/03/10 at 15:57

Hooper: Could sit out away trip

Hooper: Could sit out away trip

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The striker missed the 1-0 defeat against Ipswich with a groin injury he has been carrying for some time and the indications are he is unlikely to line up at St James' Park, although he should be okay for Saturday's crucial home test against fellow strugglers Plymouth Argyle.

Captain Cliff Byrne will miss out against the Magpies as he starts a five-match ban having been sent off for the third time this season at Portman Road.

However, midfielder Michael O'Connor returns from a three-game suspension and is contention for a place in the squad.

Rob Jones, Andrew Wright and Kenny Milne all made the bench against Ipswich after injury, while goalkeeper Joe Murphy shrugged off a wrist problem to continue between the sticks.

Ian Morris remains around five weeks away from a return as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

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