Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins is expecting to have defender David Mirfin available for the visit of Crystal Palace.

The centre-half came off at half-time of last week's impressive win at QPR with a hamstring injury and is yet to return to the training field.

Adkins is confident of having Mirfin available, but new signing Michael Raynes, who joined from Stockport on Monday, is on standby to make his debut should Mirfin not make it.

Fellow new signings Donal McDermott and Brendan Moloney had to make do with places on the bench at Loftus Road, although McDermott came on at the interval and could be pushing for a start.

Andrew Wright is nursing an ankle injury and Niall Canavan has a knee problem. Although both men are close to a return to training, they will not be fit in time.

The Iron will be hoping to claim a double over Neil Warnock's men after they sauntered to a 4-0 win at Selhurst Park in September.

Danny Butterfield is set to continue as a makeshift striker for the Eagles.

The right-back has been playing up front following Victor Moses' switch to Wigan and responded with a memorable six-minute hat-trick in Tuesday night's FA Cup win over Wolves.

Alan Lee needed running repairs after suffering a head injury against Wanderers but he will be patched up in order to partner Butterfield in attack again.

Fellow striker Stern John is back from his loan spell at Ipswich but was ineligible in midweek, so he could be added to the squad.

Left-back Lee Hills and winger Kieron Cadogan also return after being cup-tied.

Alassane N'Diaye and Johnny Ertl remain doubts with muscle injuries and Paddy McCarthy is a long-term absentee with a shoulder injury.

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