Portsmouth suffer midfield setback ahead of Iron clash

Saturday’s opponents Portsmouth have suffered another injury setback ahead of the clash with the Iron.

Pompey midfielder Stuart O’Keefe is the latest injury setback for the club, after it was revealed that the 26-year-old would be missing for four-to-six weeks, despite manager Kenny Jackett being hopeful he would be fit to face the Iron.

According to Portsmouth.co.uk, Ben Close is also a doubt for the game – which sees fourth-placed Scunthorpe take on sixth-placed Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Nathan Thompson – alike Close – picked up an injury during Tuesday’s 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Chelsea under-21s, and is rated as ’50/50′ as to whether he will be available.

Danny Rose is out for the season after suffering a broken leg on December 30 at Northampton.

Meanwhile, the Iron are suffering a contrasting feeling with regards to injuries, as more players edge closer to fitness.

United Captain Rory McArdle has trained all week, and could be in contention for a place back in the centre of the defence – although, the form of Charlie Goode and Cameron Burgess in his absence may mean he has to settle for a place on the bench for the time-being.

The week off has also given Luke Williams the chance to get another week’s training in, as he steps up his return to full fitness after a lengthy spell on the sideline’s.

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