SKIPPER Olly Lancashire looks set for another spell on the sidelines after limping off with an injury during Swindon Town’s 1-0 defeat to Colchester United at the weekend.

The 28-year-old central defender took a heavy knock when he went up to win a header from a corner kick at the Colchester Community Stadium.

After spending time receiving treatment from Swindon’s medical staff on the pitch, the former Shrewsbury Town player returned to action alongside Sid Nelson at the heart of Town’s defence.

However, moments later the skipper, signalled to manager Phil Brown that he needed to be replaced and looked physically shaken from the coming together.

At the tail end of last season, Lancashire suffered a nerve injury which almost brought his career in football to an end.

Speaking to the media after the game, Town boss Brown revealed the skipper asked to come off because he could no longer feel his right leg.

Brown now faces a nervous wait to learn the extent of the problem but hopes it is not a reoccurance of the previous issue.

“He had a clash. I don’t know whether it was a clash of heads, but he lost the feeling in his leg,” he said.

“That doesn’t bode well and it doesn’t sound too clever for him. When he came off, he just couldn’t feel his right leg.

“It will be something to do with a neuro problem that we have had before, but I’m hoping it is not a reoccurance of what we have had before.”

The defender isn't Brown’s only injury concern as Marc Richards pulled out of the starting XI after he suffered a thigh problem during the warm-up in Essex.

Midfielder Michael Doughty was also missing from the squad, he is suffering with an infection on a foot injury he picked up during Swindon’s home defeat to Cambridge United last month.

“Richards pulled his thigh in the warm-up and fortunately for us, it was 15 minutes before the whistle was blown so we were allowed to make the change before the game had started,” added Brown.

“Elijah Adebayo starting was a massive plus for him, and Scott Twine moving from the stands to the bench was good for him too.

“It shows Michael's commitment to the cause that he played last week when the state of his foot was a joke, to be honest. That kind of commitment is the commitment I need.”