DENIS SMITH has adopted a wait-and-see approach before deciding whether to call off Wrexham's two Easter games because of international call-ups.
Wrexham youngsters Craig Morgan and Mark Jones were yesterday selected for Brian Flynn's Wales under-21 squad, bringing to three the number of Dragons set to miss crucial League One encounters at home to Brentford on Good Friday and at Port Vale the following Tuesday.
The Dragons boss was already without Carlos Edwards, who has been selected by Trinidad & Tobago for make-or-break World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala and Costa Rica over the Easter period.
Under Football League rules, a club can apply to postpone its matches if three or more members of the squad are unavailable.
With the Dragons on a purple patch of only one defeat in five matches, Smith is desperate to stage the games - but thinks that could yet prove impossible.
"I couldn't get a squad out on Saturday, so how am I going to do it with three more missing?" said Smith..
"I want the games to go ahead but I can't see how they can.
"I've got to wait and see if there's any possibility of playing the games.
"But if I took three players out of Saturday's squad I would have been playing myself."
With no Saturdays free until the end of the season, rearranged games would have to be held in midweek - a nightmare scenario for Smith.
"We've got a Welsh Premier Cup semi-final to fit in and we have to make room for the Barnsley game somewhere as well, so that would be four midweek games to get in," he added..
"The Football League rules say it's up to us to see whether we've got a case and obviously we have.
"I've got to sit down and look at the calender to see if there's anywhere we can fit the games in.
"We just can't fit the games in. The problem is we have additional commitments to other clubs because we have the Welsh Premier Cup and the U21s."
Smith is unable to bring in temporary replacements because of the ban on signings for a club in administration.
It is another headache for the Wrexham manager, whose injury problems this season are best illustrated
by the fact one of his three internationals - midfielder Mark Jones - is currently on the treatment table.
"Mark is injured," added Smith, "but that doesn't do me any favours because if he pulls out there's every chance Matty Crowell will be called up to replace him.
Smith has only one fresh injury worry after Saturday's 1-0 win over Oldham Athletic, Trinidadian Dennis Lawrence reporting for training yesterday with a foot injury.
"He's had treatment for it," said Smith, "but we are hoping that clears up by the end of the week."