Tommy Wright has admitted Corby Town captain Paul Malone “needs looking after” as he nurses a back injury.
The Steelmen skipper missed the 3-0 success at Burnham on Saturday, a result which sent Corby into third place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division and also closed the gap on the top two.
But manager Wright delivered an update on Malone after the game and revealed the centre-half has been playing with the aid of painkillers for the past two weeks.
“Molly has been playing with the back injury for a couple of weeks,” Wright said.
“He wasn’t involved in the Red Insure Cup game at Kettering and he didn’t train on Thursday.
“He has been for an x-ray and tests and we will get those results in a couple of weeks.
“It’s a bad back and we are trying to find out the full extent of it.
“He has played on painkillers for the past couple of weeks and I have to ask myself if it is going to get any better without some rest.
“Edi Appleton came in and I thought he and Jamie Anton did really well, so it’s good we have that option.
“Molly is a similar character to me. I always wanted to play through injuries when I was younger.
“He might need me to decide how heavy his involvement is while this is going on. He needs someone to look after him.”
Experienced midfielder Cleveland Taylor captained the Steelmen in Malone’s absence at Burnham and opened the scoring with a 30-yard strike - his first goal for the club.
And Wright added: “Everyone knows what I think about Cleveland.
“He is an infectious character, the lads love him and he deserved that moment.
“It was a fantastic strike from what must have been 30 yards, it’s his first goal for the club and I know everyone will be pleased for him.”
The Steelmen are back in action next weekend when they take on Cirencester Town at Steel Park.