Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins will be without Cliff Byrne for the visit of high-flying West Brom.

The right-back is suspended after he was sent off in the 3-0 reverse at Middlesbrough on Boxing Day for a professional foul on Jeremie Aliadiere.

Andrew Wright came on at half-time as boss Nigel Adkins reshuffled his defence and he is favourite to deputise for Byrne, although Jordan Spence is another option.

Top scorer Gary Hooper was absent at the Riverside with an ankle injury and faces a late fitness test.

Illness has swept through Glanford Park over the last week with several players suffering, and reserve goalkeeper Josh Lillis missed the Boro clash and remains doubtful for the Baggies game.

Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo will be without defender Joe Mattock.

The left-back was booked for the fifth time this season in the 2-0 win over Peterborough on Boxing Day and must now serve a one-match ban.

Winger Jerome Thomas recovered from flu and a hamstring strain to play a starring role in the victory before coming off after 70 minutes.

The former Arsenal man should be fit to face the Iron but goalkeeper Scott Carson will be missing again as he serves the final game of his three-match ban.

Robert Koren (hernia) should return in the not too distant future, while striker Ishmael Miller (knee) is back in training with the first team and is targeting a January comeback.

Midfielder James Morrison (heel) is also making good progress but Neil Clement is facing up to the possibility of retirement as he struggles to overcome a long-term knee injury.

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