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The Cobblers boss with a fitness update

7 August 2019

Northampton Town manager Keith Curle gave a positive update on the fitness of Vadaine Oliver and Camron McWilliams while awaiting more news on Alan McCormack.

"Alan McCormack is a bit sore and tender," said the Cobblers boss.

"He is having a scan to see the extent of the issue. The ironic thing was that he was actually coming off a couple of minutes later anyway. I had him down to play 60 minutes, I checked with him a few minutes before he went down that he could do another five minutes and he said he was fine and felt strong but then he over stretched making a block and felt his hamstring. Hopefully it is not too bad but the scan will tell us more.

"Vadaine Oliver is back on the training ground with the squad as is Cam McWilliams. A few players took knocks last weekend but nothing out of the ordinary and they will all be fine for this weekend."

This weekend the Cobblers head to Port Vale, and Curle is expecting a difficult fixture.

"Port Vale are a very solid team with good experience," he said.

"I know a few of their players from managing them at previous clubs. Tehy have Tom Pope who is their focal point. He leads the line well and they have good pace behind him.

"They set traps for you, they let you have the first pass out and then try and get players around but we will be ready for what is a good game.

"Everyone wants to win but the first game of the season is not a defining game. There were things we were pleased with last week and things we need to improve. We know where we are working towards and how we will get there."

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