ROB PAGE is winning his fitness battle – and that’s music to the ears of fellow centre-back Nathan Clarke.
The pair have forged an impressive partnership for Town since former Wales international Page arrived on a free transfer from Coventry.
It was broken for the first time in eight matches when Page picked up a shin injury during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Gillingham.
But Town boss Andy Ritchie is optimistic the 33-year-old will be fit for Saturday’s visit of League I leaders Swansea to the Galpharm.
“Rob took a whack to his lower left leg and it seems a nerve took a knock which resulted in his foot going numb,” explained Ritchie.
“He had treatment during half-time and went out to give it a go for the second half, but it soon became clear he wasn’t right.
“He’s had intensive treatment from Lee Martin over the last couple of days and there’s been a definite improvement, so we’re hopeful about Saturday.”
Clarke, who also welcomed news that David Mirfin’s back problem is easing, said of Page: “He’s great to play alongside, and I think all the centre-backs at the club have already learned a lot from him.
“I know it was touch and go whether myself or David Mirfin got the nod when Pagey first came, and I’m glad it was me.
“I’m enjoying my football at the moment, and I think we’ve forged a good understanding.
“Hopefully Pagey will be fit for Saturday and we can try to get back to recording clean sheets.
“Nothing less will do because with a quality defender like David Mirfin on the scene, I’m going to have to work hard to keep my place.”