Murphy won't be risked
Scunthorpe keeper Joe Murphy will not be rushed back into first-team action ahead of schedule.
Last Updated: 28/07/08 1:25pm
Scunthorpe goalkeeper Joe Murphy will not be rushed back into first-team action ahead of schedule.
The 26-year-old was initially ruled out for up to six weeks after picking up a groin injury, but that time frame appears to have been slightly exaggerated.
However, despite accepting that the shot-stopper will be back sooner than expected, Iron boss Nigel Adkins is refusing to set a date for Murphy's return.
"It's a big blow for us to lose Joe but it gives a great opportunity to Josh (Lillis) to come and play as the number one goalkeeper," Adkins told the club's official website.
"Joe kicked the ball on Thursday and then had a scan on Friday morning, showing that he's got a tear on one of the muscles in and around the groin area. We'll just have to go through the rehabilitation stages of a muscle tear now.
"With a grade one strain you're normally looking at about ten days. This might just be a little bit more severe than that. Individuals respond in different ways to injury, we'll just have to see how Joe responds."
Meanwhile, player-assistant manager Andy Crosby is set to visit a specialist on Tuesday as he aims to recover from patellar tendinitis.