WREXHAM have called in medical reinforcements to cope with an ever-growing injury list at the club's Colliers Park training ground.
Permanent staff Mel Pejic and Richie Rawlins, who were providing treatment for nine of the 20-strong professional staff on Monday, found themselves with four more casualties following that evening's Pontins Holiday League Cup semi-final.
Manager Denis Smith, who was struggling to find numbers for even a five-a-side session yesterday, is most concerned by the number of defenders currently laid off.
Brian Carey, Steve Roberts and Shaun Pejic were joined yesterday by Dennis Lawrence, who suffered an ankle injury in training and youngster Jim McNulty, who failed to complete Monday night's game.
Craig Morgan, unfit last weekend, will be suspended for Saturday's trip to Port Vale so the Dragons' boss is keeping his fingers crossed that time will be on his side.
"It's only Tuesday, but if we had re-arranged our game at Oldham for tonight as per the original plan, I would have been without 13 players out of a squad of 21," he said.
"We've got problems at the moment because Shaun Pejic is definitely not going to be fit.
"We'll have to hope Steve Roberts and Brian Carey come through."
Wrexham, late replacements at this summer's Isle of Man football festival, will kick off the tournament with a match against Port Vale on Sunday, July 18.
Those two sides, Bristol Rovers, Carlisle United and Rushden & Diamonds, are taking part, together with an Isle of Man select XI.