Aidy Boothroyd says the Cobblers have no option but to ‘battle through’ their injury crisis after it was confirmed they will be without strikers Jacob Blyth and Clive Platt for up to three weeks.
Leading goalscorer Blyth (thigh) and veteran forward Platt (calf) both missed Saturday’s draw with Morecambe and will sit out the next three matches as an absolute minimum.
They join Kelvin Langmead, who is recovering from knee surgery, broken leg victim Alex Nicholls and Lewis Hornby, on whose verterbrae injury the club are seeking a second opinion, in the treatment room.
“Clive is going to be two to three and Jacob is about the same,” said Boothroyd, who has also been without the ill Joe Widdowson in training this week.
“Matt Heath would be about the same as well.
“We have no concerns after Saturday and that’s good because if we picked up any more injuries then that would be the worst I’d known.
“We’ve picked up these injuries and all for completely different reasons but we battle through it, we keep going.”
One option the club are currently exploring is to stop Blyth’s loan and restart it when the player has regained fitness and when the fixture list starts to get busier.
“I’ve spoken to Leicester about Jacob’s loan spell and hopefully we can get something done that would be in the best interests of all three parties,” he said.
“In November we start to get a lot of midweek fixtures so it would be great to have him then and finish his loan off when we have more games.”