Northampton Town: Masked Dunn will answer call

Cobblers V Bury, football action. 'Pictured: Chris Dunn being stretchered off after being injured.'SPORT, JEFF.
Cobblers V Bury, football action. 'Pictured: Chris Dunn being stretchered off after being injured.'SPORT, JEFF.

CHRIS DUNN will wear a protective mask when he lines up for the Cobblers in their final home game of the season on Saturday.

The goalkeeper has been out of action since suffering a head injury in the early stages of the defeat to Bury a fortnight ago that required 14 stitches.

A thigh injury to Steve Collis at Stockport has ended his season and means manager Gary Johnson is down to just one goalkeeper – first-year professional Paul Walker.

But the Town boss could throw Dunn back in against Stevenage, whose playing style – he feels – necessitates a big presence between the sticks.

“Chris has had the stitches out so we’ll have to see how he is,” he said. “He might have to play in one of those Phantom of the Opera-type masks.

“We’ll see if we can get him back. Paul (Walker) did well on his debut, he came out and made a couple of good catches when we were under pressure.

“He’s a good shot stopper but I think against a Stevenage side who play the way they do you want someone who is 6ft-plus in goal.”

Influential defender John Johnson is rated as 50-50 to be available for Saturday’s game but the injury list remains pretty lengthy at Sixfields.

Missing at Stockport on Monday were Michael Uwezu, Byron Webster and Liam Davis, along with long-term injury victims Ryan Gilligan and Tadhg Purcell.

Town also lost Collis and Leon McKenzie to season-ending injuries during the game, and had three players on the bench who were not really ready to play.

“All of a sudden we’re getting little injuries at the wrong time,” said Johnson. “Three of the lads we had on the bench on Monday had little knocks and Guillem (Bauza) was looking to come off as well because he had a problem.

“So we’re not having a lot of luck with injuries and not many of them will be available for the game on Saturday.

“We’ve rested Hally (Marcus Hall) for a couple of weeks and I want to give him and (Kevin) Thornton another week so those two might have a chance and Johnno (John Johnson).

“A few might have a chance and there’s a few we’re keeping our fingers crossed on, but the problem is they won’t have trained.

“It’s all been about rehabilitating rather than getting them their match sharpness but it will be nice to have some numbers back.”

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