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Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Scunthorpe and Coventry at Glanford Park.

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The Iron's new loan signing Eirik Holmen Johansen will go straight into the starting line-up.

The 20-year-old, signed on loan from Manchester City, has been drafted in as cover for Sam Slocombe, who has been ruled out for the rest of the month after aggravating a torn thigh muscle in last week's defeat at Brentford.

Skipper Paul Reid is expected to return to contention after missing the last three games through illness and Akpo Sodje will boost manager Brian Laws' options up front after being sidelined for two games due to a knock sustained in the recent defeat at Yeovil.

Midfielder Damien Mozika is another player hoping to be included in the squad after missing out since January due to a hamstring injury.

Defender Callum Kennedy (hamstring) and striker Robbie Gibbons (illness) are still out as Scunthorpe, two points above the drop zone, chase a second win in five matches.

Steven Pressley will take charge of his first game for the Sky Blues having been confirmed as the club's new manager on Friday.

The Scot, who spent three years at Falkirk, penned a three-and-a-half-year deal to replace Mark Robins and takes the reins from caretaker boss Lee Carsley.

Carsley's final game in the managerial hot seat came with last Saturday's late 2-1 home defeat to Swindon and Pressley is expected to boast an unchanged squad, although all players start with a clean slate and so changes could be on the agenda.

Defenders Richard Wood (groin) and Blair Adams (knee) remain sidelined for a little longer while striker Stephen Elliott is set to miss the rest of the season with his knee injury.

Striker Leon Clarke returns to Scunthorpe having spent the first half of this season on loan there, scoring 11 goals, prior to his January move to Coventry from Charlton.

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