Grantham Town physio Nigel Marshall is in hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Town joint manager Jimmy Albans said: “I spoke to Nigel. He told me he is feeling ok. He had been feeling dizzy for a while. He will be in Grantham Hospital for the next six to seven days, then will go to Glenfield for further tests. The important thing is for him to get well and we are all hoping he gets well soon.
“Nigel will be a big miss for as long as he is away. It isn’t just the Physio work with Nigel, it is everything else he does around the place. On matchdays, we will find out just how much he does! We have got to have a physio, but in Nigel’s case, it is someone who is like an extra player. He has the respect of all the players here. We are looking for someone temporarily, but will have to look at the long term position when we know how Nigel is recovering.
Albans continued: “We feel we have done some good business this summer. We have made ourselves a better squad. The new lads know that they face a scrap to get into the side. That’s good as it keeps everyone on their toes. The fitness levels we are already showing in training we think will help us to hit the ground running this season. We don’t expect to see drastic changes to what we do this season. Everyone has a hunger for success and a desire to get better and better each game.
“The fitness levels of everyone on their return this season have been superb. The new lads are almost at the same level and are fitting in well, settling in and liking what they are seeing already. The players are all pushing each other to do that bit extra and get through the training sessions.
“We have given Naill O’Rafferty another chance to show us what he can do. We know he has a lot of talent and has the physique and strength to go with it and become a very very good player for us. He has done very well in training and on Saturday we will see how he shapes up in a match. Ashley Robinson has also joined us in training. He is someone who we have tried to sign for the last two or three years. It didn’t happen, but this time he came to us wanting to be part of things.
“We can’t wait to get playing again. If the truth is told, we didn’t want to finish last season!. We wanted to carry the momentum we had forward, but it looks as though it is already there in the way we are training. Confidence is high and there are no negative vibes at all.
“For the level we are playing at, we might find the Lincoln game next Wednesday is a bit too early, but we will give everything we can to put on a good performance. The fitness levels at a full time Conference side should be that bit higher at this stage. Although there are no points for pre-season games, we don’t want to lose any match. We will try to give everyone at least 60-70 minutes over the next two games, We have got 20 players at the moment, but can only name 16 a week on Saturday against Brigg, so it gives everyone a competitive chance to show that they should be involved in that game.”