Bath City will be without Sekani Simpson until the new year after a scan revealed the right-back has suffered a medial ligament tear in his knee.
Long-serving Simpson suffered the injury during Bath’s 3-2 defeat at Salisbury at the start of the month and boss Adie Britton does not expect to be able to call on him again until January.
He said: “It’s bad news and he’s looking at three months out. Simmo has been with us for seven years and hasn’t had a lot of injuries in that time.
“He is a big player for us and was probably our best player in the first four or five games of the season.
“With him, Aaron Brown and Josh Low in the team we looked as though we were getting a side together, but all of them have suffered injuries of late.”
While Brown made a goalscoring return as City saw off the challenge of Buckland in the FA Cup last weekend, Low could sit out the next fortnight after pulling up with a hamstring problem in training last week.
Britton is hopeful Low’s fellow winger Kerry Morgan will recover from a virus in time for today’s Blue Square Bet South home game with Boreham Wood (3pm).
Joe Burnell should also be fit, despite making a first-half exit at Buckland with a tight hamstring.
Boreham Wood arrive in fifth place in the table, while City are looking to arrest a run of three straight defeats in the league.
Britton added: “They’ve had one or two good results and one or two poor ones, but we want to stay in touch with the play-off places, so it’s the start of an important ten days for us.”
That spell also includes a scheduled trip to crisis club Truro City on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Truro have been set a deadline by the Conference of Thursday, October 11 to agree a sale or face being expelled from the league.
The Cornish side are in administration with players set to leave after Tuesday's game.
The Conference has asked the administrators for a bond to compensate any clubs who have had to travel to Truro should they be expelled, but the administrators do not have any money at present to pay the bond.
League leaders Salisbury City travel to mid-table side Staines today.
The Whites currently have a three-point lead over Dorchester at the top of the table.