Mansfield Town skipper Zander Diamond looks unlikely to be fit in time for Saturday’s crucial trip to Yeovil Town.
Diamond was ruled out of last weekend’s game with back pain and is struggling to be fit enough to play at Huish Park as Stags try to stay in the play-offs hunt.
“He’s had a back injury that has plagued him this season,” said boss David Flitcroft.
“It’s a neuro problem and connected to his hamstring and his back and Zander’s had an epidural injection put into his back to try to numb the pain.
“I am almost certain he is going to struggle for the weekend. We’re just waiting for it to calm down and react.
“But I’m not too sure he’ll get much training time on the pitch his week.”
Hayden White and Ricky Miller, who have been out with hamstring problems, also look unlikely to be back.
“They are probably not going to get the work in on the training ground that’s we’d hope for.” said Flitcroft.
“They are desperate to make these last two games and the medical team are trying everything to get them on the grass.
“But, with hamstring injuries, if you overdo it and over-commit to it, you are going to get a recurrence.
“It’s a muscle injury that you have to be patient with. You have to do the right thing.”