Northampton set for spell without injured Smith and McWilliams



Posted Friday, December 27, 2019 by PA

Northampton set for spell without injured Smith and McWilliams

Northampton are set to be without Harry Smith and Shaun McWilliams at home to Cheltenham.

The pair left the field in the closing stages of the 4-0 Boxing Day defeat at Crawley on stretchers after appearing to suffer serious injuries.

Smith (ankle) went straight to hospital and the Cobblers also fear that McWilliams (knee) could be out for some time.

Manager Keith Curle, who dropped goalkeeper David Cornell at Crawley to play Steve Arnold, could hand recalls to Michael Harriman, Matt Warburton and Vadaine Oliver.

Cheltenham have no new injury concerns for the Sky Bet League Two fixture, with Luke Varney (knee) and Reuben Reid (groin and hamstring) nearing first-team returns.

Varney has been out for six weeks and Reid sidelined for a fortnight, but the pair are running again even if the Northampton trip might come too soon for them.

The Robins will check on Jonte Smith after the Bermuda forward spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in hospital with a throat problem.

Teenage goalkeeper Freddie Lapworth could provide cover on the bench again, with Rhys Lovett suffering from swollen tonsils.

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