Scunthorpe v Doncaster preview

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Scunthorpe and Doncaster Rovers at Glanford Park.

Last Updated: 22/03/13 at 14:09

Niall Canavan: Replaces the injured Reid

Niall Canavan: Replaces the injured Reid

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Scunthorpe skipper Paul Reid is expected to prove his fitness in time for the home derby clash.

Reid sustained an ankle injury in last week's defeat at Notts County and was replaced early in the second half by Niall Canavan.

Canavan will return to the starting line-up alongside David Mirfin in central defence if Reid fails to make it.

Fellow defender Eddie Nolan took a knock to the back at County, but is also expected to start, while Christian Ribeiro could return to the squad following a hamstring injury.

Boss Brian Laws must decide whether to continue with teenager Anthony Forde, who made his debut in midfield last week following his arrival on loan from Wolves while striker Akpo Sodje shook off a foot problem to start and is likely to resume his partnership up front with Karl Hawley.

The Iron, who have lost their last three league games and five of their previous six, are aiming to climb out of the relegation zone with victory.

Doncaster are waiting for news on John Lundstram's injury ahead of the short trip to the Iron.

On-loan midfielder Lundstram suffered an ankle injury during the 1-1 home draw with Portsmouth last weekend, with the problem forcing the Everton teenager to withdraw from the England Under-19 squad for Thursday night's friendly against Turkey.

Lundstram returned to Goodison Park for treatment and Rovers boss Brian Flynn is awaiting the verdict.

"We're hoping for good news on John," said Flynn. "He was disappointed to miss out for England but he was quite positive when I spoke to him last Sunday.

"Everton were quite confident he'd be okay from the contact I've had with them and it was best all-round that he went back to them for treatment."

Without Lundstram, Flynn would be short in midfield as another loanee Dean Furman is away on international duty with South Africa and David Syers (ankle) is still injured.

With promotion rivals Sheffield United and Brentford kicking off at 12.45pm on Saturday, Doncaster could find their lead at the top of the table cut down to one point or have been replaced at the summit by the Bees by the time they start at Glanford Park.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

League One Fixtures

Saturday, 20 September 2014
15:00
Colchester v Bradford  
Doncaster v Chesterfld  
Fleetwood v Bristol C  
Gillingham v Walsall  
MK Dons v Crewe  
Notts Co v Oldham  
Port Vale v Barnsley  
Preston v Crawley  
Rochdale v Coventry  
Scunthorpe v Leyton Or  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 8 11 20
2 Peterboro 8 5 16
3 Chesterfld 7 5 14
4 MK Dons 7 5 13
5 Bradford 8 2 13
6 Sheff Utd 7 2 13
7 Swindon 7 4 12
8 Coventry 8 1 12
9 Fleetwood 7 2 11
10 Gillingham 8 -1 11
11 Rochdale 8 6 10
12 Preston 7 3 10
13 Oldham 8 0 10
14 Crawley 8 -6 10
15 Notts Co 7 1 9
16 Yeovil 8 -3 9
17 Barnsley 6 1 8
18 Doncaster 7 -3 8
19 Leyton Or 7 -1 7
20 Walsall 8 -4 7
21 Scunthorpe 8 -11 7
22 Colchester 8 -4 5
23 Port Vale 8 -7 5
24 Crewe 7 -8 4

Updated Tue, 16 Sep 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Liverpool looking for Mario Balotelli to learn from past stars

Brendan Rodgers hopes Mario Balotelli will take inspiration from the likes of Luis Suarez as he settles at Liverpool.

Premier League: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew aware of pressure

Alan Pardew admits both he and his Newcastle squad have to 'stand up and deliver' as pressure mounts at St James' Park.

Europa League can boost Everton season, says captain Phil Jagielka

Phil Jagielka says playing in the Europa League will not harm Everton's hopes of making an impact in the domestic game.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property