Cobblers boss Chris Wilder says he really feels for Kelvin Langmead after the news the defender will miss the start of the season due to an Achilles strain.
But the Town manager is also relieved that the setback for the club captain appears to be only a short-term one, and that the injury is the only one suffered by squad members throughout pre-season.
Langmead, who only returned to playing at the end of last season after a year out with a knee problem, is set to be missing ‘for a few weeks’ as he nurses his Achilles back to full strength.
But he, and long-term injury victim Lewis Hornby, are set to be the only two players not available for selection when Mansfield Town come to Sixfields next Saturday.
Ian Morris (thigh) and Evan Horwood (Achilles) were both left out of the squad for Friday night’s trip to Eastleigh, but both will train next week and are expected to be available for the visit of the Stags.
When asked about Langmead, Wilder said: “We are disappointed because Kelvin has worked extremely hard, and we really feel for the boy.
“He has put himself in a position to go and play games and he has just suffered a reaction from his Achilles.
“He has gone to see the specialist, and it is a slow one, but we have to get through these things.
“When you have been out so long this can happen, you pick up little injuries.
“You pick up strains on the your calf, your hamstrong, get a tight and sore Achilles, and unfortunately that’s happenedd to Kelvin.
“But he will be back and soon be raring to.”
The Cobblers wrapped up their pre-season friendly campaign with a 1-0 win at Eastleigh on Friday night, and once again the manager was able to declare a clean bill of health following what was a physical and competitive game.
“I am pretty pleased that we have come through pretty much injury free going into the season, apart from Kelvin,” said Wilder.
“Ian Morris has a bit of a tight thigh, but he will be training on Monday, and the same with Evan, so to go through the tough pre-season that we have, to go through the amount of games we have with just one injury, which is only short-term, I am delighted with.”