DENNIS LAWRENCE'S sending off for Trinidad & Tobago against the USA on Wednesday could force Wrexham to go to Lincoln City on Friday, September 2, without two of their key players.
In order for a club to request a game be called off, at least three of their players must have been called up for international duty at either full or under-21 level.
With Matt Crowell injured, Lawrence was one of a trio of Wrexham stars selected for their countries this week.
If Lawrence's suspension is not over-turned, the Dragons may be forced to go to Sincil Bank without first-choice keeper Michael Ingham and midfield ace Mark Jones who were both called up for the last Northern Ireland and Wales squads respectively.
Jones was yesterday selected for the Wales U21 squad to face England and Poland and while midfielder Crowell and defender Simon Spender are on standby.
However, with so many possible permutations over who will be selected, manager Denis Smith remains philosophical.
He said: "I don't know how many players will be called up so there's no point in worrying about it.
"We'll have to wait and see what happens and I'll concern myself with the matter closer to the time.
"There's always a possibility that players will get called up and there's not a great deal we can do about it."
Lawrence was sent-off in the 40th minute for a professional foul on Landon Donavan as Trinidad & Tobago went on the lose the game 1-0 with a goal from Fulham's former Everton striker Brian McBride after just 91 seconds of the match.
But while the centre-half's early bath should ensure that physical exertions on the pitch do not leave him fatigued ahead of tomorrow's clash with Carlisle United, his marathon trans-Atlantic return might do.
The player is not expected back in North Wales until this afternoon and will not be able to train before the match against the Cumbrians.
Lawrence's travel itinerary, organised by the Trinidad & Tobago FA, began yesterday morning with a flight from Connecticut to Miami followed by a 12-hour lay-over in Florida before returning to London this morning.
Smith said: "When you sign Caribbean internationals, you have to accept that they can be late back, or sometimes they're not back in time at all.
"To be fair, Dennis has always been top-class with his attitude and willing to play whether he is actually ready or not."
The manager knows all about long journeys himself this week after a bomb scare in Chester forced parts of the M56 to be closed on Wednesday, turning a potential one-hour trip from
Wrexham's reserve match at Roch-dale into a five-hour slog.
After a week in which a lack of numbers have disrupted the first-team's training, Smith is also hoping to have a few of his absent players back in contention.
He said: " We've got Jonathan Walters back in training while we're expecting to get Lee Roche, who's had a problem with his groin, and Alex Smith, who's been off all week with a bug, to be back before the weekend."