Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins is set to be boosted by the return of a trio of players for the home clash with Crystal Palace.

Defenders Rob Jones (sickness) and David Mirfin (lower leg) and midfielder Martyn Woolford (knee) all missed the 4-2 Carling Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

However, they have since returned to training and will be available to face the Eagles.

Winger Garry Thompson has been ruled out for up to two months due to a groin injury.

In another setback, defender Jim McNulty faces three weeks on the sidelines after he hobbled off with an ankle injury during last Saturday's defeat at QPR.

The Iron have no other concerns as they bid to end a two-match losing streak in the npower Championship.

Darren Ambrose, Neil Danns and Claude Davis are back for Palace.

Ambrose sat out the midweek Carling Cup penalty shoot-out defeat at Portsmouth with a knee problem and fellow midfielder Danns was also nursing a slight knock.

Centre-half Davis returns to the squad after missing out at Fratton Park through suspension, but rookie striker Wilfried Zaha starts a three-match ban for his midweek red card.

With Alan Lee completing his move to Huddersfield this week, loanees Pablo Counago and Jon Obika look set to form a new-look strikeforce.

Julian Bennett should be fit after a complaining of a tight hamstring but now finds Edgar Davids in front of him for the left-back slot.

David Wright (calf), Sean Scannell and Lee Hills (both knee) are still sidelined.

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