Chorley goal hero Marcus Carver played through the pain barrier against Brackley in midweek, the Lancashire Evening Post report.

But Magpies boss Jamie Vermiglio expects the forward to be raring to go for Saturday’s Alfreton clash.

Carver opened the scoring then won the penalty that Adam Blakeman converted in the 63rd minute as Chorley fought off promotion chasers Brackley to extend their lead at the top of the National League North table to six points.

Carver, 25, limped off at Victory Park with Adam McGurk replacing him in the 87th minute. But Vermiglio expects him to be fine for Saturday and says he will be a big player in the final 13 games of the season.

He said: “I think he’s all right. He just took a knock on the knee at half-time.

“There was no way I was taking him off in a game like that of that magnitude because his work-rate, his endeavour. I don’t think there is any player in the team that can match him for that. It was important that he stayed on for the majority of the game.”

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