Michael Flynn pre-Mansfield Town

Newport County AFC manager has delivered a positive injury update on club captain Matty Dolan.

The Exiles skipper was forced off just 35 minutes into the new season during County's opening day victory over Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park last Saturday.

Flynn feared the worst for Dolan, particularly after the knee injury which has sidelined summer arrival Courtney Senior, but those concerns were put to rest when the results of his scan came back.

Saturday's trip to Mansfield Town may have come too soon for Dolan to return to the matchday squad, although he is expected to be in contention for the clash against Tranmere Rovers next week.

"It’s good news all around," said Flynn.

"He’ll probably miss tomorrow but he will be available for next week. It was just a small grade one tear of his calf.

"When it first happened, I feared the worst especially with what happened to Courtney Senior. You fear the worst but thankfully it’s not too bad."

Courtney Baker-Richardson missed the opening day win in Greater Manchester after sustaining a knock, and Flynn says he will a cautious approach in the early stages of the new season. 

"There are still a few struggling.

"But we're not going to risk anybody at this stage of the season. We will be very, very careful." 

County have made the perfect start to the new campaign with two wins out of two, despite Flynn making 11 changes for the midweek win over Ipswich Town in the Carabao Cup at Portman Road.

The focus returns to the league this weekend with another long trip to the One Call Stadium to take on the Stags, who Flynn fancies as a promotion contender this season.

"I think Mansfield will be up there because they are one of a list of teams that have spent big and strengthened well," he said.

"The likes of Walsall, Port Vale and Leyton Orient have all spent big, and then you've got the likes of Bradford, Mansfield, Salford and Exeter who are all going to be there or thereabouts. It’s a really competitive league this season."

He added: "It’s going to be a difficult game because they’ll be up there and Nigel [Clough] has been given the opportunity to bring in his own players now."