Smith and McWilliams 'ahead of schedule' on road to recovery

Cobblers pair making good progress after serious injury

Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 3:34 pm
Updated Sunday, 2nd February 2020, 3:52 pm
Shaun McWilliams

Striker Harry Smith and midfielder Shaun McWilliams are both said to be 'ahead of schedule' on their long road to recovery following serious injury.

The pair suffered their respective injuries in stoppage-time of Cobblers' 4-0 defeat at Crawley Town on a forgettable Boxing Day afternoon.

McWilliams was first to be stretchered off with a serious knee problem after landing awkwardly, shortly followed by Smith who damaged his ankle during 15 minutes of stoppage-time at the Broadfield Stadium.

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Manager Keith Curle predicted both would be sidelined for at least two months so they remain a while away from returning to action, despite making good progress.

"They're doing very well and I'd say both players are probably ahead of schedule, even though it is a lengthy schedule," said Curle.

"I've got to say, the attitude of those two in particular to the challenge that they have has been first-class.

"They're the first ones in and the last ones to leave and they're in the gym doing their individual work.

"They know they've got to have treatment on their respective injuries but the rest of their bodies are still functioning.

"How they've accepted their challenges has been excellent. They come into the building with a smile on their faces even though they know they can't go out and train.

"They're an integral part of the changing room - they'll be back when they're fit!"