WREXHAM have been left to count the cost of their dramatic progress into the FAW Premier Cup final.
The Dragons edged past TNS in a marathon semi-final on Wednesday night which went to a penalty shoot-out after the two sides were tied 3-3 after extra time.
But they saw striker Jon Walters suffer a depressed fracture of his cheekbone that will sideline him for several weeks.
With fellow forward Lee McEvilly out with a foot fracture, manager Denis Smith must rely on the untried partnership of loanees Juan Ugarte and Sam Williams up front.
The Racecourse boss said: "Jon will be out for a few weeks. It's a massive shame for him and for us. We have Lee out and now Jon. That was my main strike partnership and now they are both out.
"It puts a lot of pressure on the two lads we have on loan. They have just come in and have not had time to work together. Young Sam is learning his trade, while Juan has hardly played a game this season."
McEvilly is progressing well after fracturing a metatarsal bone in his foot.
"It's healing well," said Smith. "It will be around another month before we see him playing."
Ahead of tomorrow's visit by leaders Wycombe Wanderers, the Dragons are sweating on the fitness of midfielder Dean Bennett, who suffered an ankle injury against TNS.
However, defender Andy Holt, who suffered a blow to the head, should be fit for the game, while defender Dennis Lawrence reported no reaction to his recent hamstring injury after playing the full 120 minutes on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, coach Brian Carey admitted Wrexham were as much relieved as anything following the dramatic penalty shoot-out which ensured their place in the final of the competition against either Swansea City or Carmarthen Town.
Praising TNS and their manager Ken McK-enna, the former Racecourse defender said: "TNS did very well. They are a decent side and all credit to Ken and his players.
"It was a great contest for the neutrals and those watching on TV must have really enjoyed the game. The improvement TNS have made over the years is evident and we didn't approach the game thinking it was going to be easy.
"I thought the first goal changed the course of the game. Up until then Mike Ingham had nothing to do, but when they scored they had us rattled for 10 minutes before half time." Carey added: "We were disappointed with the second half and also with the goals we conceded.
"We scored three great goals and that was the positive side of the performance, but we have to be disappointed with some of our defending.
"At times the rhythm of the side was upset because of the number of changes that we made, or were forced to make.
"We had always planned to give Juan a portion of the match, but then within minutes of him coming on Jon had to come off.
"We pushed Dennis up front and to be fair he caused them lots of problems.
"It was a bit ugly at times, but he got a goal and he took it well."