Chris Plummer insists Corby Town were fully aware that they would be without striker Leon McKenzie for a large portion of December.
The experienced frontman recently released his autobiography ‘My Fight With Life’ and will continue to take part in a number of book signing sessions ahead of Christmas.
McKenzie didn’t feature in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Bishop’s Stortford and will also miss this weekend’s home clash with Hinckley United as well as the FA Carlsberg Trophy second-round tie at Tamworth a week on Saturday.
McKenzie’s tour of his former clubs to sign copies of his book will also incorporate Corby on December 22 when he will be at Asda to meet fans.
And Steelmen boss Plummer has confirmed the club knew this would be the situation.
“We have known for a number of weeks that Leon would not be available much in December,” the Corby manager said.
“We had a chat about it and he has various commitments he needs to fulfil in his personal life. We knew it would be happening.”
Plummer, meanwhile, is sure there won’t be any problems with confidence within his squad, despite them heading into Saturday’s Blue Square Bet North clash with bottom markers Hinckley on the back of two successive defeats.
“If we were playing badly then I would be concerned,” he added.
“But we haven’t been and last weekend at Bishop’s Stortford we were caught out as we looked to go and win the game.
“That happens sometimes. But there were plenty of positives for us in that game and the loss at Chester so I think we can feel confident going into this weekend.”