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Scunthorpe winger Mark Duffy is in a race to be fit, while Christian Ribeiro and Jimmy Ryan could also return to the squad.

Duffy missed Saturday's defeat at leaders Tranmere after jarring his knee in the Boxing Day loss at Sheffield United and was also struggling with the same illness that sidelined defender Ribeiro and midfielder Ryan.

Callum Kennedy stepped in at right-back for Ribeiro on Saturday, while Robbie Gibbons and Adda Djeziri were recalled to midfield and manager Brian Laws will have a selection dilemma if any of his three absentees return to contention.

On-loan Ipswich striker Nathan Ellington, yet to score for the Iron, is still struggling with a calf strain, while midfielder Josh Walker is not expected to return from ankle ligament damage.

Skipper Paul Reid will continue to play despite a broken nose as Scunthorpe chase only their second win in eight league games.

Jean Yves Mvoto is expected to return to Oldham's starting line-up.

Mvoto missed Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Crewe after picking up five bookings for the season and being forced to serve a one-match suspension.

Reece Wabara filled in a centre-half in his absence and the on-loan Manchester City youngster is expected to revert to his more familiar position of right-back, with Connor Brown the most likely candidate to make way for Mvoto.

Robbie Simpson will serve the third and final game of his suspension for a red card in 4-1 loss at Yeovil, meaning Jose Baxter and Matt Smith are set to continue in attack with weekend goalscorer Daniel Taylor likely to feature from the bench once more.

A run of four consecutive npower League One defeats means Paul Dickov's men head into the match only six points ahead of second-bottom Scunthorpe.

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League One Fixtures

Tuesday, 28 October 2014
19:45
Chesterfld v Swindon  
Leyton Or v Preston  
Saturday, 01 November 2014
15:00
Bradford v Doncaster  
Bristol C v Oldham  
Chesterfld v Yeovil  
Colchester v Port Vale  
Crawley v Crewe  
Fleetwood v Gillingham  
Leyton Or v Coventry  
MK Dons v Swindon  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 15 15 33
2 Preston 13 13 28
3 Notts Co 14 9 26
4 Peterboro 15 7 26
5 Sheff Utd 14 4 26
6 Oldham 15 6 25
7 MK Dons 13 12 24
8 Rochdale 14 11 23
9 Swindon 13 10 23
10 Chesterfld 14 2 19
11 Fleetwood 15 1 19
12 Bradford 15 -1 19
13 Crawley 15 -10 18
14 Colchester 15 -1 17
15 Barnsley 14 -2 16
16 Port Vale 15 -3 16
17 Coventry 15 -7 16
18 Leyton Or 14 -3 15
19 Walsall 15 -3 15
20 Doncaster 13 -8 15
21 Gillingham 15 -7 14
22 Yeovil 15 -14 13
23 Crewe 15 -19 13
24 Scunthrpe 15 -12 12

Updated Sat, 25 Oct 2014

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