Northampton Town manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink fears Kevin Van Veen could be missing for a long period after suffering a medial ligament injury to his knee.

Striker Kevin van Veen is almost certainly out of the Cobblers’ Sky Bet League One clash with Oxford United on Saturday due to a knee injury.

The Dutchman has suffered a damaged a medial ligament after taking a kick to his knee in the 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon 10 days ago, and is believed not to have trained since.

He has undergone a scan, but it is not yet known how long the former Scunthorpe United man, who has only made one start and one substitute appearance for the club, will be sidelined for.

“We thought it was a dead leg but it’s his knee – an MCL,” Hasselbaink told BBC Sport.

“He has a little problem, it’s not big, and it’s about how much pain he can take.

“I know he’s eager and can play with pain, but the pain is a little bit too much at the moment.”

But there is also some good news on the injury front for manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, with full-back Shay Facey set to make his comeback from a hamstring strain.
The former Manchester City man hasn’t featured since suffering the injury in the 1-0 defeat to Rochdale at the beginning of February, but he trained with the Town squad yesterday and is set to feature this weekend.
That is a plus for Hasselbaink, but there is no doubt the van Veen news is a serious blow, although the Northampton boss is praying he won’t be ruled out for too long.

Van Veen was a high-profile signing to help lift Northampton clear of the relegation zone, but they are just a point above the bottom four ahead of Saturday’s visit of Oxford United.

The Cobblers lost their two previous home matches to Gillingham and bottom club Rochdale.

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