Further Injury problems for United
By Luke Thornhill
Updated Saturday, 9th February 2002
United's hopes of reaching the playoffs have been hindered by the news that top scorer Martin Carruthers will be out for a further eight weeks.
This will leave Brian Laws with further headaches up front, with Steve Torpey, Brian Quailey and on-loan Craig Dudley his only options up front.
He may well be boosted soon though by the return of Gareth Sheldon, who suffered a broken leg in December, as he is around a fortnight away from returning to reserve team action.
The club are still unsure when Stuart Thom will be ready to return to action, as he continues to struggle with a calf injury.
Nigel Pepper however says he is raring to return to first ream action for United.
His leg has now fully healed, but he has been struggling to regain full fitness with niggling injuries restricting his reserve appearances.
"There is no comeback date set, it is a case of when I am ready, I am ready or when the gaffer needs me, it is not really the leg - it is the fitness and sharpness," Pepps told the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph.
"Once that comes back, I will be looking to try and get back in there.
"I think it is 17 months since I last played in the first team and it seems like 17 years, it has been a nightmare."
With the high number of injuries and players out at Laws is expected to dip into the transfer market yet again, possibly with another loan deal.
Although he has refused to comment on names or positions, Wigan Athletic's transfer listed defender Pat McGibbon has been linked with a switch to Glanford Park.