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Hopes high for Foden
Injury may not be as bad as first feared
Bath have a good line-out and got stuck into ours. But any win away from home is pleasing.
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Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder hopes England wing Ben Foden did not suffer a broken ankle in the victory over Bath.
Foden was injured in a somewhat innocuous-looking challenge early in the second half of his side's 18-14 victory over Bath at the Rec on Friday night.
The international left the field in severe pain but the early prognosis suggests the injury may not be too serious.
"It's an ankle injury but I don't know a lot more about it than that," Mallinder said. "The doctor thinks that it's not broken. We're hopeful it's just a strain."
Mallinder acknowledged his team did not have things their own way in the narrow victory over their hosts.
"Bath have a good line-out and got stuck into ours," he added. "But any win away from home is pleasing.
"In terms of performance we're still not playing as we want. We've got a run of two home games coming up though and after a short turn-around - Sunday to Friday - to get the win is pleasing."
It was Bath's first defeat of the season despite taking the lead in the first minute through Nick Abendanon.
Skills coach Brad Davis said: "Our overriding feeling is one of massive disappointment. It was a match of two halves as far as our kicking game was concerned.
"To be brutally honest, Northampton deserved to win the match. But Abendanon was outstanding, brilliant."
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|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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