Thomas Baillie believes Henry Eze could be fit to play for Kettering Town when they take on Northwood at Latimer Park tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
Last season’s player-of-the-year Eze was withdrawn from the starting 11 for Saturday’s opening-day success over Aylesbury United following a recurrence of a hamstring injury in the warm-up.
Dan Crowie replaced the defender in the 2-1 victory but joint-boss Baillie expects Eze to be in the squad for tomorrow’s game, which also sees Brett Solkhon become available after he served a one-match ban at the weekend.
“Henry felt his hamstring during the warm-up and we decided it wasn’t worth the risk because we could have easily lost him for longer,” Baillie said.
“Dan came in and did a job for us and by taking Henry out of it, we have given him a good chance of being fit for Tuesday night.
“Everyone seemed to come through it okay. There will be a few tired bodies but they will recover and be ready for the game against Northwood and we will also have Brett available again.”
Baillie, meanwhile, feels it will take a bit of time for the Poppies to get into their “rhythm” in the Southern League Division One Central.
Kettering weren’t convincing in their first game of the season as goals from Andy Gooding and James Clifton secured all three points.
But Baillie said: “I don’t think any team will really get into a proper rhythm right from the start and people have to remember that we have had lads away on holiday.
“The likes of Dan Crowie, Tommy Hull and Jamie McAlindon all came back from breaks last week and they will be feeling it after that.
“The most important thing over the next couple of weeks is to try to win matches and before too long, we will get into that rhythm.”