WREXHAM defender and captain Brian Carey could face a lengthy spell out of action if, as is feared, he needs a hernia operation, following injury during Friday night's 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion.
The prognosis from manager Brian Flynn added to the sense of disappointment and frustration at the Racecourse as the Dragons threw away the hard-won advantage provided by a first goal of the season from Welsh under-21 international, Steve Thomas, and allowed their opponents back into the match, much to the delight of striker, Bobby Zamora, whose two second half goals took his tally for the campaign to seven.
Thomas, too, picked up a knock that forced him to retire 12 minutes from the end, leaving the Wrexham boss with an anxious wait over the weekend.
"Steve Thomas got a kick on the ankle and Brian might have a hernia. Hopefullly it might settle down but we'll see what it's like on Monday," he said.
But he confirmed that new loan signing Willie Miller has a good chance of making his debut against Chesterfield at Saltergate tomorrow. The 31-year old right back from Scottish Premier League side, Dundee, has agreed a three-month stay and looks set to replace youngster Dave Warren as Flynn bids to plug the holes in his leaky defence.
"He'll most certainly be in the reckoning," he said. "He's fit and he's played three games this season so far."
Both Flynn and his Brighton counterpart, Mickey Adams, were in agreement that it was a game the home side could and should have won, but that was little consolation for the former, who criticised his side for a lack of concentration that allowed Zamora to cancel out the Thomas goal within two minutes, turning home a Paul Watson free-kick.
"What can you say about that?" he said. "We got the goal that our play deserved and then we had a total lack of concentration in the middle of the defence.
"That's a free-kick we work ourselves with Craig Faulconbridge and Darren Ferguson so we got caught with something we practise and which we are aware of."
Zamora's second goal came from the penalty spot after a handball from Dennis Lawrence and the big defender was punished for a similar offence late in the game, although Kristian Rogers saved Zamora's second spot-kick.
Said Flynn: "As for the penalty, it was a case of whether it hit his hand or not. It probably did but again we did not pick up the initial run because we were not alert enough.
"Some referees don't give it and if he's given the first one, he's definitely going to give the second one. Whether it was intentional or not only the referee can decide."
The Wrexham manager said he had been delighted when his side got their noses in front after dominating the game for long spells. "It was a Premier League goal, it was top quality and that's what we had been looking for.
"As I said it gave us the lead we deserved so it was very frustrating. We played well, we created chances, although if we were ultra-critical we could say the 'keeper did not have many saves to make in positions where we should have done.
"A lot of the players played well and the team did well too. Brighton got back into it in the last 10 minutes of the first half when they started to create things, but that was mainly due to our indecision. We started brightly second half, we were always attacking and always looking to get at them."
Adams, delighted with a first away win of the season admitted that his players had ridden their luck, saying: "I'm not sure it was the right result, but we'll take it.
"We didn't get going for about 35 minutes and Wrexham were by far the better team. That was the talking point in our dressing room at half-time.
"I picked a side I thought would battle because I'm fed up of going away and people saying how well we've played but got nothing from the game, as we did at Northampton.
"We showed a lot of spirit and resolution in the second half, because Wrexham again started well and we had to weather that storm.
"But once we got in our stride, we created a number of chances as we had in the first half and we eventually came good," he added.