Fleetwood Town will have to wait at least another three days before knowing just how bad Nathan Pond’s ankle injury is.
The defender, named captain for this season, went down on the edge of the box during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Oldham.
He had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes when he appeared to fall awkwardly following a tackle by Liam Kelly.
Pond was carried off the Boudary Park pitch and was spotted at Town’s Poolfoot Farm training ground today wearing a medical boot.
Boss Graham Alexander revealed he had been for x-rays on his ankle but medics had been unable to determine the severtity of the damage.
“We know it’s a problem with his ankle,” said Alexander.
“He’s been for x-rays on it but the swelling is very bad.
“It’s likely to be another three days before that’s gone down and we can properly know the damage.”
Any extended absence for Pond could hand an opportunity for one of Fleetwood’s development squad players - Alexander light on experience at centre half.
He said: “We’d rather find somebody from within.
“You want to develop your own players rather than somebody else’s if you use loans.
“We will just wait and see.”