Summer signing Spencer Weir-Daley has been rated as “touch and go” to be fit for the start of the season after being injured in Corby Town’s latest friendly.
The striker, who was with Boston United last season, required lengthy treatment before being withdrawn during the first half of the Steelmen’s 4-0 defeat to a Leicester City XI at Steel Park on Saturday.
Weir-Dale suffered a nasty shoulder injury following a corner and Tommy Wright has now admitted the frontman could miss the big kick-off in the Southern League Premier Division on August 9.
“His shoulder popped out and had to be popped back in,” the Corby boss said.
“In terms of a timescale, I think he will be touch-and-go for the start of the season.
“That is a little bit of a concern for us. But we will get him right. We won’t do anything stupid and bring him back earlier than we need to because we don’t want any setbacks.”
Corby were perhaps slightly unfortunate against a young and talented Foxes side as they performed impressively during the first period with Greg Mills missing a penalty before the visitors took the lead.
Wright himself also had a goal disallowed late on and, despite the defeat, the manager insists he isn’t concerned about his team.
“I thought we saw some good performances,” he added.
“Overall, as a team, I am not overly concerned, which seems daft after you have just been beaten 4-0.
“We hit the woodwork twice, I had a goal disallowed and in terms of chances created I think it equalled itself out. And we missed a penalty.
“I don’t think we were as far off as a 4-0 scoreline sounds. But it’s all about fitness levels at the moment.”
Wright also believes the fixture against the Premier League Foxes, the club where he started his own playing career, could prove fruitful for the Steelmen in the future.
He said: “I have always had strong ties with Leicester City.
“It is still my old academy manager, he’s been someone I have always kept in touch with and gone to for advice.
“I owe a lot to Steve Beaglehole and Jon Rudkin. My whole career is down to them because they developed me as a player and pushed me on to playing in the first team.
“To get a group of players down here to see the facilities we have got and the way we play football can only benefit the club.
“And if we do go in for a couple of their players then maybe they will remember that Corby Town was a good set-up.”
The Steelmen return to action on Tuesday night when they take on Conference North outfit Brackley Town at Steel Park.