Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis is confident defender David Artell can effectively manage his troublesome Achilles injury.
Artell, who was named the Railwaymen's permanent captain last week, will be monitored by club physio Rob Sharp and is expected to face Northampton at the weekend.
"Dave is experienced enough (to know) when to push himself and when to hang back a bit," Davis told Crewe's official website.
"He and Rob handle the situation. It is an ongoing thing with Dave because he has suffered with it throughout his career, but it is perfectly manageable.
"Sometimes after games his Achilles flares up but if he comes to me and says he needs a day off training then that is fine.
"The only thing we don't want is for his fitness levels to drop off and they won't with Dave because he works hard in the gym."