The Cobblers have been dealt a damaging fresh injury blow with the news that central defender Shaun Brisley’s loan spell at Sixfields is over after he was ruled out for six to eight weeks with a knee injury.
Brisley suffered medial ligament damage in a sturdy challenge with Stevenage striker Armand Gnanduillet at Sixfields on Saturday.
The central defender was forced off after just 10 minutes of the Cobblers’ 2-1 win over Teddy Sheringham’s men, and a scan has revealed the seriousness of the damage suffered.
Brisley, who still had two weeks of his successful loan spell from Peterborough to run, will now return to London Road and concentrate on working his way back to fitness.
“Shaun is going to be out for between six to eight weeks, as he’s damaged the medial ligaments in his knee,” said the Cobblers boss, who has seen his team lose just one of nine Sky Bet League Two games since Brisley arrived at the club.
“That is really disappointing for him, because he has been superb in his time with us.
“I would like to thank Shaun for his efforts, because he has played a big part in our recent run, and has been outstanding.
“Hopefully he will make a speedy recovery.”
On the plus side for the Cobblers, Ryan Cresswell is making good progress after missing the match last weekend with a groin strain picked up in the 3-2 win over Carlisle United, and has a good chance of being fit for Saturday’s trip to Newport County.
Full-backs Brendan Moloney and Evan Horwood are both also available for selection at the weekend after they played the full match in an 80-minute friendly at Cambridge United on Tuesday lunchtime.
That match also featured Rod McDonald, who replaced Brisley last Saturday, Alfie Potter, Chris Hackett, Ryan Watson and goalkeeper Ryan Clarke.