Football - Furman back for Latics

Oldham captain Dean Furman hopes to return and aid his club's npower League One relegation battle when they host MK Dons.

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Furman returned to training with the Latics squad on Thursday after travelling back at the end of South Africa's African Nations Cup campaign.

Caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk, taking charge for the first time following Paul Dickov's resignation last Sunday and Tuesday night's postponed home game with Yeovil, will assess Furman's fitness levels before making a final decision on his involvement.

Veteran midfielder Paul Murray, who rejoined Oldham on a free transfer last week and is assisting Philliskirk and goalkeeping coach Paul Gerrard with first-team duties, could make his second debut having been an unused substitute in the 3-1 defeat to Walsall.

Widemen Cristian Montano (thigh) and Youssouf M'Changama (knee) remain on the sidelines along with forward Robbie Simpson (hamstring) and Matt Smith (shoulder).

Scunthorpe's midweek win over Portsmouth dropped Oldham into the relegation zone.

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