Cobblers midfielder Ian Morris is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a dislocated knee in training.
The Irishman had been in line to replace the injured Darren Carter in the Town midfield for the Cobblers’ Sky Bet League Two clash at Portsmouth on Tuesday.
But Morris is now facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with manager Chris Wilder admitting after his team’s 2-0 defeat at Fratton Park that ‘it looks like he will be out for the season’.
The incident that led to injury happened in training on Monday, with the session having to be cancelled, and Wilder’s thoughts are now with the player.
“Ian twisted his knee in training on Monday and it looks like he will be out for the season,” said the Cobblers boss.
“We had to abandon training, and in all my years as a manager and as a player I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
“It was something that couldn’t be helped, we want players to be competitive in training and our best wishes go to Ian for his recovery.”
The swelling on Morris’s knee has to settle down before the injury can be scanned to properly determine the damage.
The setback for the combative midfielder means that Wilder will now be aiming to sign a new player to bolster his central options ahead of Saturday’s Sixfields date with Shrewsbury Town.
Morris signed for the Cobblers in the summer of 2013, and has made 26 starts and 13 substitute appearances for the club, scoring two goals.
The club has also confirmed that Carter is expected to be out of action for at least a fortnight after suffering a hamstring strain in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at York City.