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19 December 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Scunthorpe United Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Scunthorpe United tomorrow (Saturday) in a Nationwide League Division Three match that kicks off at 3.00pm. The three home sections of the ground are entirely sold out and therefore no admittance to home sections will be possible without a ticket.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson goes into the match with only long term injury victims Darren Way and Roy O'Brien missing through injury whilst Lee Johnson sits out a one match ban for picking up five bookings.

Darren has had some good news this week as he has been given the all-clear to resume training following a stress fracture and he told the Western Daily Press: "The X-ray was very encouraging and showed that I'm well on schedule. I'll have to monitor it day-by-day, but hopefully I'll be able to start running on Monday. My fitness levels haven't dropped much because I've been able to do cardiovascular work in the gym. I'd have targeted early January to be playing again anyway, although I'm sure people will think that's just because I want to play against Liverpool. But I'm going to make sure the leg is fully healed as I don't want to risk further injury."

Gary is able to call on Andy Lindegaard for the first time since his heel injury put him out for the majority of this season. Lindy has spent most of this season out injured, but in the last four weeks has been regaining full match fitness at Dr Martens League minnows Weymouth. This week the utility player has returned and he may sneak a place in the squad.

Lindegaard told the Dorset Echo: "The loan spell was all about me improving my match fitness after a knee injury and I've done that. My manager Gary Johnson has watched me play and seems happy enough with the way things have gone. I don't think there was ever a chance I was going to join Weymouth permanently and my hope is to get back into the Yeovil side on a permanent basis."

Gary has once again praised his side's commitment to their league programme despite the town buzzing with talk of next month's FA Cup tie against Liverpool. Johnson told the Teamtalk website: "The lads have been excellent in training and in matches, as you saw at Bristol Rovers last week. Now they are concentrating on the Kidderminster game. Obviously the Liverpool game is massive and looms large over everything we do at the moment. Everyone you meet outside of here is talking about it - friends, family and in the town - but the lads are showing their professionalism and their approach to Saturday's game has been excellent. They know that is the priority at the moment."

Scunthorpe United have had a gruelling but successful week after knocking out Sheffield Wednesday on penalties to reach the Third Round of the FA Cup in midweek. Manager Brian Laws will assess his weary troops by giving late fitness tests to Wayne Graves and Steve Torpey, who both have hamstring problems.

Nathan Stanton (knee) is expected to be included in the squad after showing no reaction during his comeback as a substitute in midweek, but Mark Jackson (ankle) will definitely not travel to Somerset.

Saturday's match will be refereed by Mark Cooper (West Midlands) and he will be assisted by Steve Habgood (Wiltshire) and Andy Sainsbury (Wiltshire).

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