Cobblers striker Junior Morias is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after a scan on his injured hamstring revealed some serious damage.
Town boss Dean Austin says the player ‘will be out for some time’ with a torn hamstring, and it is understood it is going to be at least two months before the former Peterborough United man plays for the first team again.
Morias was injured in the 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers at the beginning of the month, and he is now set to be out of action until November.
It is a big blow for the club and the player, who was making only his second league start for Town against Rovers. and only minutes before pulling up injured had scored his first goal for the club.
Winger Daniel Powell also suffered a hamstring strain after coming on as a substitute in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Cheltenham Town at the PTS Academy Stadium, and he is facing a few weeks in the treatment room as well.
It’s not yet know the seriousness of Powell’s injury, and he is set to have a scan later this week to assess the damage.
Another player who is being assessed before the trip to Vale Park is Shaun McWilliams, who only returned to the team last week after suffering a hamstring strain on the opening day of the season.
The central midfielder received a kick to a foot in the loss to the Robins, and didn’t train on Tuesday, but Austin will be hoping he comes through to make the squad for the trip to Burslem.
Austin spoke to the media on Tuesday afternoon, and when he was asked about the injuries to Morias and Powell, the Town boss said: “Junior’s injury was a big, big disappointment for us, and he is going to be out for a little while.
“He has started his rehab now, but he could be out for some time because that was a very, very bad injury.
“Powelly had a niggle from Spain, but we came back and he has been fine, but he pulled up on Saturday.
“We don’t quite know how bad it is yet, and he will have his scan this week and we will find out.”