Cobblers striker Clive Platt has revealed he has been playing for the past six months with a severe back injury but that he is confident a new chiropractor will solve the problem.
Platt scored only his second goal of the season in Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw at Bradford City, a late equaliser that took the FA Cup first-round replay to extra time at Valley Parade.
The 35-year-old admits his first four months as a Northampton player could have gone better, and is reluctant to use his long-standing injury as an excuse for a low-key start to life as a Cobbler.
But he is sure he will improve physically under the guidance of a new specialist and through his ongoing work with the club’s head physio Stuart Barker.
“I’m not one for excuses so I don’t want to make too much of the back thing, but I am pleased with the team I’ve got working on that now,” he said.
“Stu and the chiropractor are doing some things that will free up my movement and hopefully enable me to do a bit more for the team.
“We’ll be without Nicho (Alex Nicholls) for the season but we get Moulty (Louis Moult) back after the weekend so we’ve got some good forwards here and a bit of competition for places.
“Once the squad is fit, we stand a very good chance of doing something in this league.
“If we’re in a good position when we get a lot of the squad back at Christmas then we’ve got a chance.”
Platt played for two hours in the Bradford defeat so Wednesday was primarily a recovery day for the player, who planned to spend most of it ‘off my feet’.
Attention then turns to the visit of struggling Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday, a team Platt will face buoyed his midweek goal and hoping for more.
“It was hard work,” he said. “I haven’t got the young legs any more so the extra time probably wasn’t great for me, but I wasn’t worried about that when B (Adebayo Akinfenwa) set me up.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the ball hit the back of the net and hopefully I can start doing that a bit more regularly for the club.”