DENIS SMITH was brought back down to earth after Wrexham's midweek cup euphoria as five players failed to report for training.
The Dragons manager's preparations for Saturday's crucial League One encounter with Oldham Athletic were hampered by the training ground absence of Carlos Edwards, Chris Llewellyn, Craig Morgan, Mark Jones and Juan Ugarte, all citing various bumps and bruises.
But Smith did not expect the latest ailments to present a long-term problem for the Dragons as they attempt to repeat Tuesday's LDV Vans Trophy victory over fellow strugglers Oldham.
"Nobody's broken a leg or anything," said Smith..
"We've had a lot of knocks and strains that might clear up in time for Saturday.
"It was just me and Kev (Russell, assistant manager) in today."
Smith welcomed the return to action of veteran goalkeeper Andy Dibble, who played for an hour in Wednesday's reserve-team fixture against Carlisle, but warned not to expect too much, too soon from the 39-year-old.
"Andy played for an hour and he did okay," said Smith..
"We're assessing how he reacts for the weekend. But Ben Foster will be in goal on Saturday, unless he gets injured.
"You wouldn't dream of putting someone in who's been out for two or three months over a keeper who's been playing well for us.
"But it's good to have Andy back. "Some managers call these sort of situations a headache but I don't.
"For most of this season the team has picked itself but for once I might have a choice over the goalkeeper and that's a position every manager should want.
"Ben has done very well. We've lost one of the 10 games he's played in. That's not bad.
"Like Dibble he is a big lad and the defence are comfortable with him.
"That's important because they weren't comfortable with Xavi Valero."
But Smith said he is unlikely to be able to offer Foster, signed on loan from Stoke in January, a permanent deal.
"Stoke won't let him go, and I can't sign anyone even if they did," said Smith.
Smith refuses to be distracted by the prospect of the Dragons' first appearance at the Millennium Stadium, even if tomorrow's opponents have a familiar look about them having lost to Wrexham three times this term.
"Playing Oldham on Tuesday night will do us no favours at all," said Smith. "It means they know exactly how we will play, so I might have to change a few things."
Opposite number Ronnie Moore is frantically trying to ring the changes since his arrival from Rotherham United.
Enquiries for Reading's Shaun Goater and Lloyd Owusu, Foster's Stoke team-mate Carl Asaba, Crewe's Steve Jones, Ipswich's Dean Bowditch, Sheffield United's Jonathan
Forte and Crystal Palace's former Oldham player Wayne Andrews have so far come to nothing. Another target, Blackburn's Jonathan Douglas, has opted for Gillingham.
Moore is confident of bringing in a midfielder or striker to face Wrexham, but has problems in defence where three players are ruled out.
Moore's announcement that he could not guarantee on-loan defender Alex Bruce first-team football prompted father Steve to recall the youngster to Birmingham City before he signed for Sheffield Wednesday yesterday.
Centre-half Danny Hall's season appears over after a specialist advised him to undergo an operation on a tendon problem, while Guy Branston's red card on Tuesday means he expects to start a four-match tomorrow.