Chris Wilder is confident he has the quality within his Cobblers squad to compensate for the losses of senior professionals Zander Diamond and Darren Carter this weekend.
Carter has been in good form in midfield and is the club’s leading goalscorer while Diamond, despite going through a weak spell, was back to his best in the 1-0 win at Accrington last Saturday.
Neither will be available to Wilder for the visit of Burton Albion to Sixfields (3.07pm ko), with the Brewers refusing on-loan Diamond permission to play and Carter serving the first of a two-game suspension for 10 bookings.
Their absences mean there will be at least two changes to the side that started at the Crown Ground and picked up the win that leaves Northampton three points adrift of Sky Bet League Two safety with five games left to play.
“Both of them have been excellent and we have to get over not having them,” he said. “We’ve got good enough players to come in, Ben Tozer and Gregor Robertson have played a lot at this level so they’ll be pushing.
“It’s an opportunity for a couple of players to come in. They’ve been part and parcel of it and we’ve always talked about it being a group thing.
“It’s not just about the 11, it’s about the group and that will be severely tested on Saturday because we’re up against a very consistent team who have made some excellent signings in the past year or two.”