Northampton Town have been dealt a blow in their quest to avoid relegation from League Two with the news that captain Lee Collins will be sidelined for the rest of the season.
The centre-half is suffering from a foot tendon injury picked up in the 2-0 home defeat to Plymouth Argyle earlier this month.
“It is a major blow and he will undoubtedly be a big miss for us,” Cobblers boss Chris Wilder told the club's official website.
“I’ve been really impressed with Lee, not just as a player but as a personality and it is times like this when you want your big characters who relish the challenge.
“I don’t want to make too many more changes to the squad because we’ve done that now but with Lee’s injury that might be an area that we do look at.
“It's a key area and it's important that we can be as strong as possible in that department.”
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Northampton Town's crucial League Two fixture at Torquay United will go ahead tonight after the pitch was passed as playable following a mid-afternoon inspection.
The Cobblers are six points adrift of Torquay at the foot of the table, and seven points from safety.
Northampton Town have completed the loan signing of Millwall striker John Marquis on a deal until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old has already spent time on loan at two other League Two clubs in the shape of Portsmouth and Torquay United since August.
Marquis has made over 40 appearances for Millwall, and scored a last-gasp equaliser on his first senior start for the club against Norwich City in 2010.
Meanwhile, the Cobblers crucial clash against fellow strugglers Torquay United tonight is in doubt with a 3pm pitch inspection planned at Plainmoor.
Northampton Town have signed Scottish defender Gregor Robertson on a free transfer.
The 30-year-old has been without a club since his release from Crewe Alexandra last month.
Robertson started his career at Nottingham Forest, and has since played for the likes of Rotherham United and Chesterfield.
Northampton Town have signed experienced defender Leon McSweeney on a free transfer.
The 30-year-old began his career Cork City, before earning a move to Leicester City in 2001.
Irishman McSweeney, who has also played for the likes of Leyton Orient and Hartlepool United, has penned a deal until the end of the season.
McSweeney joins Alan Connell and Ricky Ravenhill in signing on at Sixfields today.
Northampton Town have signed Bradford City striker Alan Connell on a deal until the end of the season.
The ex Ipswich Town man has been deemed surplus to requirements at the League One club.
30-year-old Connell is new Cobblers manager Chris Wilder's first signing since taking over earlier this week.
Northampton have also confirmed that former loan player Ricky Ravenhill has put pen to paper on a permanent contract with the club.
The experienced midfielder made six appearances at Sixfields earlier in the campaign, and has now agreed an 18 month deal.
Northampton Town defender Paul Reid has left Sixfields after the club opted not to offer the 31-year-old a new contract.
Reid returned to Northampton for a second spell in September, over 10 years since his first appearance for the Cobblers.
However, new manager Chris Wilder has now allowed the experienced centre-back to move on.
Northampton Town's new manager Chris Wilder has been talking about his move from Oxford United to Sixfields.
There had been surprise that he moved from a club challenging for promotion to one trying to avoid relegation. But Wilder says he felt it was the right time to move
Northampton Town chairman David Cardoza has been talking about the decision to make Chris Wilder their new manager. Speaking at a press conference he said "it's a real coup to get him"