STAR defender Mathieu Baudry’s ankle injury might not be as bad as first feared, with the Frenchman reporting an improvement in his mobility on Thursday morning.

Baudry, 31, was forced off the pitch half-an-hour into Tuesday night’s fixture against Colchester United at the Energy Check County Ground.

Colchester went on to score three goals following Baudry’s premature exit as Town suffered their heaviest league defeat of the season.

The defender’s possible absence against Cambridge United this afternoon could open the door for Zeki Fryers to return, after he lost his starting spot to Ellis Iandolo when suffering an injury against Northampton.

Wellens said: “We’re waiting back on a scan result which he (Mathieu Baudry) had on Thursday.

“We don’t think it’s as bad as first thought. He’s felt easier on Thursday.

“Tuesday highlighted what a big player Mathieu (Baudry) is for us. Sometimes you don’t realise how big a player is until you take them out of the team.

“His experience and communication levels are great. The reason why we have been so good is because we’ve had wave upon wave of attacks.

“It’s when they clear the ball, we pick it up again and attack. They’ll clear it again, and suddenly two or three players are out of position.

“We keep repeating our attacks and Baudry is a big part of that because of his communication skills.”

Standout midfielder Jordan Lyden meanwhile remains sidelined for another two weeks after he picked up a knock in Town’s visit to Leyton Orient a week ago.

Wellens added: “Jordan (Lyden) is still a couple of weeks away.

“We’ve got to look after him so he can return as quickly as possible.”