INJURED Stags defender John Thompson could be back playing in time for the home fixture against AFC Telford on 20th September.
Thompson underwent an operation to re-set his nose today following the horror pre-season incident against Ilkeston and may be ready to make his competitive debut for the club against promoted Telford.
The former Nottingham Forest defender suffered a broken nose and was left needing more than 40 stitches after he was sent clattering into metal fencing surrounding the pitch by home player-coach Gary Ricketts.
But Stags boss Paul Cox says he will not rush Thompson back too early.
“I am not going to set a date and rush John back too soon. Sometimes you can do more damage than good bringing a player back too early,”said Cox.
“The physical injuries may have healed by then but we do not know about the psycological injuries and it is important John is in the right mindset when he returns.
“It is going to be a long season ahead and we will not rush his recovery.”
But the injury woes of fellow defender Ritchie Sutton and midfielder Paul Bolland look set to soon be over with both players in line for a possible return to the starting line-up against Kettering Town on Saturday.