Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins has a host of injury doubts for his side's vital clash with fellow strugglers Plymouth.

The Iron sit third bottom in the Championship after their 3-0 hammering by Newcastle on Wednesday, with Plymouth four points behind and a place below.

Adkins could again be without striker and top scorer Gary Hooper given he is still struggling with the groin injury that has seen him miss the last two games, while defender David Mirfin is also a doubt also with a groin strain.

Full-back Marcus Williams could also miss out after picking up a groin strain at Newcastle, while midfielder Josh Wright's availability will have to be checked given he was brought off on Wednesday with a foot injury.

Skipper Cliff Byrne will also miss out as he serves the second of a five-game ban.

Long-term absentee Ian Morris (knee) is still a month away from a return.

Plymouth head coach Paul Mariner is boosted by the return of defender Richard Eckersley for the trip.

Eckersley, on loan from Burnley, missed Tuesday`s 3-2 victory over Bristol City with a groin injury but is now back in contention.

However, Mariner is unlikely to want to change his winning line-up with midfielder Chris Clark, who opened the scoring, expected to recover from a leg injury which forced him to be substituted late on.

On-loan Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale (shin) was also injured in the game and did not train on Thursday so Romain Larrieu is on standby.

Mariner said: "We are suffering from a few knocks in the camp but hopefully we will be all right come Saturday."

Winger Craig Noone (knee), who has been sidelined since inspiring the side to a 1-1 draw at home to Preston on March 6, is again ruled out.

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