Coventry v Scunthorpe preview
Last Updated: 03/08/18 3:38pm
Midfielder Abu Ogogo has declared himself fit to make his Coventry debut against Scunthorpe on Saturday.
The summer signing from Shrewsbury has seen his pre-season preparations disrupted by a thigh strain. However, Ogogo built on his half-hour run out against West Brom by featuring for the Under-23s this week to crank up his fitness levels.
Fellow new arrivals Jonson Clarke-Harris, Brandon Mason, Dujon Sterling, Zain Westbrooke, Reise Allassani, Junior Brown and Morgan Williams are also in contention.
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Scunthorpe are suffering something of an early-season injury crisis. First-choice goalkeeper Matt Gilks is out with a long-term knee injury while midfielders Funso Ojo, Josh Morris and Duane Holmes have missed the majority of the pre-season games.
Defenders Rory McArdle and James Horsfield and striker Lee Novak sat out last weekend’s final pre-season friendly. New signings Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Jonathan Flatt, Stephen Humphrys, Olufela Olomola and James Perch will hope to make their Iron debuts.
Coventry are winless in their last six league meetings with Scunthorpe (D1 L5) and have lost each of their last four.
This will be Scunthorpe's eighth league visit to Coventry, having only lost one of the previous seven such meetings (W3 D3), including winning each of the last two.
Coventry City have won eight of the last 10 times they've kicked off the season at home (D1 L1), last losing in 2012 to Leicester City in a Championship encounter (0-1).
Scunthorpe have only managed one victory from their last 10 games away from home on the opening day (D2 L7), last keeping a clean sheet back in 2000, away at Macclesfield (1-0).
Nick Daws will take charge of his first match as permanent boss of Scunthorpe United, having only lost two of his previous 20 games across two spells as caretaker manager (W9 D9, incl. play-offs).