Football - Selection problems for Blackwell

Bury boss Kevin Blackwell is down to the bare bones ahead of Scunthorpe's visit to Gigg Lane in npower League One.

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The Shakers' relegation was confirmed by a 1-0 defeat to local rivals Oldham on Saturday and Latics will hope the Iron fall short against Blackwell's men in order to boost their own survival hopes.

Any neighbourly gesture of goodwill will come from severely depleted ranks.

Cameron Belford lined up between the posts at the weekend and is set to start once more as regular number one Trevor Carson nurses a shoulder injury.

Valery Mezague may start having replaced on-loan Wolves youngster Ethan Ebanks-Landell (illness) at half-time against Oldham.

Andy Bishop is having a scan on a foot injury on Monday that looks set to end his season and fellow attacker Jonson Clarke-Harris' calf problem could mean a start for 17-year-old Tom Pratt, who made his senior debut on Saturday.

Defender Efe Sodje and forward Craig Fagan are both suspended while captain Steve Schumacher (hernia), winger Craig Jones (hamstring/thigh), midfielder Shane Byrne (blood infection) and defenders Phil Picken (knee) and Adam Lockwood (groin) are long-term absentees.

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