Togwell red card means suspension for City visit

Scunthorpe midfielder Josh Wright is a doubt for tomorrow's Championship game at home to Norwich City. The former Charlton man picked up a hamstring injury in Tuesday night's Carling Cup first round win over Oldham.

Scunthorpe midfielder Josh Wright is a doubt for tomorrow's Championship game at home to Norwich City.

The former Charlton man picked up a hamstring injury in Tuesday night's Carling Cup first round win over Oldham.

“Josh Wright was complaining about a tightness in his hamstring,” said manager Nigel Adkins. “We don't think he's torn it but we'll assess him again. It makes him doubtful for the weekend, though.”

Adkins has other injury concerns.


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He said: “Michael O'Connor has played through the game with a blister that is a little bit infected, but hopefully we can get some antibiotics in to him and that can settle him down.”

Central defender David Mirfin was stretchered off in the 2-1 win at Reading on the opening day with a shoulder injury but could return.

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But midfielder Sam Togwell will be suspended for the game against the Canaries following his red card against Oldham.

Togwell, who was on as a substitute, was dismissed after picking up two yellow cards, the second for dissent, in the victory at Glanford Park and faces a one-match ban.

“His second yellow was an avoidable booking for us and we're disappointed he won't be available at the weekend,” said Adkins.

Adkins admitted his side were below par as they came from behind to beat Oldham 2-1.

Martyn Woolford drove home from 20 yards to seal the win, but Oldham had deservedly led at half-time through 18-year-old debutant Djeny Bembo.

Jonathan Forte was a constant threat for Scunthorpe and equalised midway through the second half, although the ragged nature of their victory was underlined by Togwell's dismissal.

“The positive is the result, but our performance levels can be much better,” said Adkins.

“We knew it would be hard against an Oldham side who like to get the ball down and pass it, but if we can't succeed against a team that keeps the ball well then we will struggle to move on to the next level.

“On the plus side, in the second half when we switched to the midfield diamond, then back to 4-4-2 to see the game out we showed our adaptability.”

Adkins is eagerly anticipating the clash with the Canaries.

“It's a big game for us at the weekend,” he said.

Scunthorpe have offered Australian defender Trent McClenahan a short-term deal until January. The right-back featured in Tuesday night's Lincolnshire Senior Cup final against Grimsby Town after receiving international clearance just before kick-off, and was on the substitutes' bench against Oldham Athletic.

An ex-Australian Under-23 international, the 25-year-old has played for West Ham, MK Dons, Hereford and Hamilton Academical. He has been training with the club for the past week.

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