Northampton Town have confirmed that club captain Joseph Mills suffered an ankle fracture during a 0-0 draw with Crawley Town.

Mills was stretchered off during Northampton’s match against Crawley in Sussex on Saturday (28/08). The 31-year-old defender was taken to hospital in the aftermath of sustaining the injury in a challenge, with his leg in a brace while on the strertcher.

The club’s manager Jon Brady told Northampton’s official website that the club would miss him while he recovered but they wished him the best in getting back to fitness.

He said, “It is really tough news for Millsy and the club and we will miss him.

“He is our captain and time and again he puts his body on the line for the club. Typical of him, it was a very brave tackle from him yesterday and unfortunately that is when he was injured.

“We wish him the speediest of recoveries and the club and our medical staff will work with him and offer him all the support we can to help him get back in the quickest possible time.

“He is a tough lad, not just physically but mentally too and knowing Millsy, he will be back declaring himself fit and available as soon as is humanly possible and we look forward to that happening.”

Mills initially joined Northampton from Forest Green Rovers in 2020. He made 31 appearances in all competitions last season, and had appeared in all of the Northampton’s games in the 2021/22 season until the injury.