Tom Pearce could return for Scunthorpe

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Scunthorpe defender Tom Pearce could return to contention for the home game against Blackpool.

Scunthorpe defender Tom Pearce could return to contention for the home game against Blackpool.

Left-back Pearce, on loan from Leeds, returned to training this week after missing last Saturday’s home defeat to Burton because of a groin injury.

Right-back Tony McMahon is expected to miss the Easter fixture programme due to a hamstring injury sustained in the recent draw at Shrewsbury.

Josh Morris (fractured fibula/ankle), Matthew Lund, Jordan Clarke, Ryan Colclough (all knee) and Rory Watson (arm) all remain sidelined.

Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips has declared he has a ‘big and healthy’ squad to choose from.

The Seasiders came through unscathed in last week’s home defeat to Peterborough and McPhillips could name an unchanged starting line-up for the third game running.

Midfielder Jimmy Ryan, sidelined since the final game of the 2017/18 campaign due to a knee injury, has returned to full training and hopes to feature before the end of the season.

Goalkeeper Mark Howard remains a long-term absentee after rupturing his Achilles tendon in March.

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