Scunthorpe boss Paul Hurst says loan striker Jamie Proctor is eager to be involved as the Iron face fellow League Two slow-starters Mansfield Town on Saturday.
Proctor, who joined the club on a season long loan from Rotherham United last Thursday, has impressed in training and looks set to be involved at Field Mill a week after an administrative error kept him out of the Iron’s 1-0 home defeat against Carlisle.
“He’s worked hard on the training pitch and I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen”, Hurst told the club’s official website.
“He’s been chomping at the bit to get out there and play, so I’m pleased we have him available now.
The 27 year old gives Hurst another option ahead of the trip to Field Mill, with forgotten man Kevin van Veen also knocking on the door following an impressive individual display in the Iron’s 2-1 win over local rivals Grimsby Town in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday.
Van Veen marked his return to the side with two goals including a sensational thirty yard free kick and Hurst confirmed the Dutchman has played his way back into contention providing he has recovered following his exertions in midweek.
“Kev was very stiff and tired as he came off on Tuesday, and was on the treatment table on Thursday, but did get out to train too”, Hurst said.
The Iron boss concluded that he was hoping his side could build on the victory over Grimsby and record their first league win of the season against Mansfield.
“It was nice to get that win. We all know we want to get a victory in the league and coming up against one of the pre-season favourites in Mansfield will provide a tough game.
“They haven’t had the start they would have liked either but fingers crossed we can build on Tuesday.”
Elsewhere Andy Butler may return to the squad having missed Tuesday’s game at Blundell Park with a foot injury.