WREXHAM keeper Michael Ingham admitted he thought he’d been shot by a sniper after yet another injury blow in the Dragons’ 2-1 defeat at MK Dons.
The Northern Ireland international was forced off with four minutes remaining, but he is expected to travel with the Lawrie Sanchez’s squad this week.
"I was just running for a ball and it felt like someone had got a sniper rifle and shot me," he said. "All of a sudden my left hamstring started hurting and it was just so sudden.
"It was with about four minutes left and we were 2-1 down and I wanted to try and stay on with someone else taking the goal-kicks, but I couldn’t even do that because it was my standing leg."
Ingham, who has been called up for Northern Ireland‘ ’s crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Sweden, was replaced between the sticks by right-back Simon Spender.
It was a choice between Spender and goalscorer Lee McEvilly to go in goal.
Ingham added: "Simon did well, to be fair to him. He did everything he had to do and all credit to him. It was either going to be him or Lee (McEvilly) to go in goal, but because we were chasing a goal we decided to keep Lee out."
As yet Ingham, who is one of three Wrexham players away on international duty this week, is not sure how long he is likely to be out for.
But he remained up beat he would be back to help Wrexham avoid dropping out of the Football League.
He said: "It’s another blow and it just seems to be one of things at the minute. I’ve not had an injury all season and then all of a sudden I pick up three silly injuries in a very short space of time.
"First was a concussion going for a ball in training, the second was the groin injury and now this, but it is all part and parcel of football. You know you’re going to get injured at some point.
"It’s still up in the air at the moment. How long I’m going to be out for and I really don’t want to say. It’s not as bad as first thought, but I still honestly don’t have any idea about when I’m going to be back. Hopefully as soon as possible."
The injury could also mean Ingham having to sit out the forthcoming qualifiers for Northern Ireland.
He said: "They are both massive games and we have got to pick up something from Leichtenstien and hopefully come back and get something from the game with Sweden.
"At the moment at home we don’t fear anyone and the team spirit and confidence is really high in the squad. We are putting in some great performances."
l WREXHAM reserves beat Preston Reserves 4-2 last night.
Ex-Liverpool striker Neil Mellor gave the Lilywhites the lead on 10 minutes and the visitors missed other good chances to extend their advantage.
But after Matty Done was fouled on 42 minutes, Mike Carvill converted the penalty at the second attempt.
Adam Nowland hit a 25-yard free-kick in the 61st minute, but Wrexham were level thanks to Done’s mazy run and shot before Levi Mackin made it 3-2 on 74 minutes. Josh Johnson made the game safe four minutes later after good work by Carvill.