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MIXED NEWS ON THE INJURY FRONT AS SQUAD PREPARE FOR BRISTOL ROVERS CLASH

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink with an injury update

4 October 2017

Northampton Town manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink issued a length injury update as the squad prepare for Saturday's visit from Bristol Rovers at Sixfields.

The Cobblers face their ninth game in 28 days at the weekend, a run that has taken its toll on the squad, but there was some good news for Hasselbaink to report.

Here the manager gave a player by player update:

BRENDAN MOLONEY: "He is being assessed but we are hopeful that he is OK. It was muscle fatigue on Tuesday night and we didn't want to take any risks. We are hopeful he will be fine for Saturday."

SAM HOSKINS: "Sam is back in full training and if he comes through that we can build things up. He rolled his ankle in training and that was unfortunate as he was doing very well. He was due to play at Peterborough before this little setback but he is not far away at all."

MATT CROOKS: "Matt has injured the same knee he had a problem with last season, His knee over extended in the incident at MK Dons and he is seeing the specialist again. He may need an operation, we don't know yet but we are hoping the specialist will advise rest and strengthening and a return in a maximum of 6 weeks."

JOHN-JOE O'TOOLE: "John-Joe is getting better, he is training with the group now on a no contact basis so that is good news."

LEON BARNETT: "Leon hurt his achilles after the Rotherham game. It is the same problem Marc Richards had in the past. He will be out for at least 4 weeks and we will miss him."

CHRIS LONG: "We are being very cautious with Chris. He had a hamstring problem at Charlton earlier in the season and the same thing against Bradford and we want him to be right before he returns. If we rush him back too quick he could have the same problem again. He saw the chiropractor to free his back up so his hamstring could settle down and he will now up his workload so he might be back in 10 days or so."

SHAUN McWILLIAMS: "Shaun is fit and training and available for Saturday."

The other injury concern is Aaron Phillips who is progressing well but is some weeks away from a playing return.


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