SWINDON Town skipper Nathan Thompson is doing everything he can do be fit for Saturday’s must-win League One clash at home to Scunthorpe United but injury may mean he has already played his final game at the County Ground.
Thompson has missed Town’s last two games with a heel injury and head coach Luke Williams admits there are grave concerns about whether or not the defender will be fit to face the Iron this weekend in Swindon’s last home fixture of the season.
Club captain Thompson is out of contract at the end of the season and has continually stated that helping Town overcome the threat of relegation has taken priority over negotiations over a new deal, although Swindon’s fate could be sealed if they lose this weekend.
Should a new contact fail to be agreed, the 26-year-old can leave the club on a free transfer this summer.
If that were to happen, Saturday’s Scunthorpe fixture would be Thompson’s final home game as a Town player but injury could now deny him the chance to lead out the troops at the County Ground one last time.
Williams said: “We are concerned because Nathan has had an injection and it didn’t settle down in the manner we hoped it would.
“Nathan is tested and if that heel is so sore and not able to function as it should be able to, then he is immediately withdrawn from any further activity.
“We have got another day of preparation, so we are still optimistic.
“Nathan is absolutely doing everything he possibly can to get fit and help us, but ultimately, if Nathan cannot perform to any sort of level near his best, it is irresponsible for myself or him to make him available.
“This club means absolutely everything to Nathan and nobody is more a Swindon player than Nathan.
“I don’t think he is holding back or is looking any further down the line, he is desperate to help us get out of this situation but we have to make sure we put a Nathan Thompson on the pitch who can do his job to a standard that is acceptable, rather than just having him out there hobbling around and not able to produce anywhere near his best.”
After two games in four days over the Easter weekend, Williams has no other injury problems to worry about for Saturday’s fixture.
“I think everybody is there or thereabouts,” added Williams.
“Of course there are some players playing through pain and injuries that are not serious enough to sideline them, but other than that, there is a clean bill of health from the squad.”