Football - Duo could strengthen Iron squad

Scunthorpe captain Michael Collins and Matt Sparrow both have an outside chance of returning to the squad in time to face Bury.

Collins has missed the last two games due to a calf injury and Sparrow has been nursing a hamstring problem, but caretaker-boss Russ Wilcox is hoping both can return in time for the Christmas fixture schedule.

Defender Andy Dawson is not expected back until early in the new year after being sidelined since November with a hip injury.

Scunthorpe have collected 13 points out of a possible 15 in the five games since Wilcox was placed in temporary charge following the sacking of Brian Laws.