Date: 19th November 2015 at 2:35pm
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Mark Robins is hopeful in the not to distant future he’ll be able to call upon some more of his presently injured first-team players at Scunthorpe.

Robins had to make no fewer than five changes for the defeat against Swindon last Saturday, not that the Scunthorpe boss was using that as an excuse. It didn’t help, that can’t be ignored, but he had no excuse, he simply admitted the Iron ‘weren’t good enough’ on the day!

Neal Bishop, who is ‘still a bit sore’, and Luke Daniels, who both missed the Swindon loss along with Scott Laird, who was suspended but he’ll be back this weekend, should all be there or thereabout soon enough.

Jamie Ness and Stephen Dawson are both stepping up rehab as they continue to work back to full fitness for Scunthorpe to give Robins further options, with the boss telling Scunthorpe Telegraph.

‘Jamie Ness will be on the training ground very soon to start his rehabilitation.

‘Stephen Dawson is there or thereabouts in terms of coming back on to the grass so he should be back in two to three weeks.

‘Bish is back in training but Luke missed the early part of the week because he is still a bit sore, so he is getting a bit more treatment and strengthening work.’

Tom Hopper on the other hand isn’t going to be back in action for at least four-months due to his dislocated shoulder.

With the emergency loan window closing next week, and as Robins feels Scunthorpe need ‘a bit more depth’, a loan arrival, at least one, is something the boss is looking to add to the squad.

Robins added.

‘We will be looking to do something in the market before the deadline a week on Thursday and if we can get it over the line I will be delighted.

‘We need a couple in until January because we do need a bit more depth. We need a bit of help in an area or two so we will see what we can do.’

Looking ahead to the Bradford visit to Glanford Park on Saturday, as Scunthorpe not only look to make up for that Swindon defeat but also get a run of home games going, he finished by saying.

‘I am looking forward to getting players back on the pitch on Saturday so we can hit the ground running.

‘We need everybody back and challenging for a place because there are a few important games for us now.’

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