Nicholls faces lengthy lay-off

Northampton striker Alex Nicholls could be out for up to nine

months after suffering a double leg fracture against Port Vale.

The 24-year-old required two operations following John McCombe’s

late tackle that left Nicholls in a heap on the ground after he

opened the scoring in the 2-0 victory ove Vale at the weekend.

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd said: “We are probably looking at

six to nine months for him. He’s had a skin graft and his shin is

pinned so that is going to be a long job.

“He’s very down at the moment, as you can imagine, but he’s had

lots of good will messages from supporters and he’s asked me to

pass on his thanks for that.

“I’d also like to thank all those people around the club who

acted so quickly on Saturday to get Alex sorted and into hospital,

including the club doctor, Stuart Barker the physio and all the St

John’s ambulance people and the paramedics.”

From hospital, Nicholls tweeted: “Just recovering from my 2nd

Op. overwhelmed with the calls/msgs/tweets cant thankyou all

enough! Feeling v.tired atm will speak 2 u all soon.”