Cobblers midfielder Paul Corry is awaiting the results of a scan after he damaged a knee in training on Tuesday morning.
A grim-faced Chris Wilder revealed the injury news, and the Town boss is now keeping his fingers crossed that the damage isn’t too serious.
“We have lost Paul in training, so he is going for a scan,” said the Cobblers manager.
“He twisted his knee, so that is not very good for Paul as he was just getting himself back, and I have to say he was pretty close to being selected.
“So it is a disappointing one for him and us, but these things happen in training.
“It is a contact sport, and we have to train as we play at times, and unfortunately Paul has twisted his knee. We will now await the results of the scan.”
Corry has started just one game so far for the Cobblers, the 3-2 Johnstone’s Paints Trophy win over Colchester, and made three substitute appearances, the most recent of which was in the 1-0 win over Oxford United on September 12.
Joel Byrom sat out training on Tuesday with a slight groin strain, but he will be okay for Saturday’s visit of Leyton Orient, while skipper Marc Richards did train today and is fully fit after shaking off the side strain that saw him rested last weekend.
Rod McDonald is also back and available for selection after shaking off the illness that saw him miss out at Morecambe.
Of the four long-term injury victims, there is mixed news.
Central defender Zander Diamond has almost shaken off his dead leg and is due to resume full training next Monday, while Evan Horwood is currently back running and has been training with the youth team.
Brendan Moloney is to spend next week at St George’s Park to undergo rehabilitation on his knee injury, but there is less encouraging news on Ricky Holmes, who is still struggling with his troublesome back problem, Wilder admitting his recovery is ‘a slow one’.