CHESTER City manager Keith Curle has backed the PFA's decision to ban him from bringing in any more players until the club pays off those he cleared out in the summer, writes Chris Blackhurst.
The footballers' union this week slapped a transfer embargo on the Blues because of outstanding severance payments still owed to three players axed at the end of last season.
The decision has left Curle unable to strengthen his injury-ravaged squad. But the Blues boss wasn't complaining.
He said: 'You can't get blood out of a stone and there has been no money coming into the club because we have had so many home games cancelled.
'I understand the decision. I've still got a play-er's mentality. They are owed money and I've given them my word that as soon as money is in the building they will get it.'
Meanwhile, Maltese international Luke Dimech is facing a tug of love when Chester fixtures coincide with two World Cup qualifiers next month.
Chester's rescheduled match against Grimsby on Tuesday, September 6, clashes with Malta's home tie with Croatia, while the trip to Hungary on September 3 would rule Dimech out of the return to former club Mansfield the night before.
Defender Dimech, who has been capped 37 times, is planning on talking with chiefs at the Maltese FA to discuss the situation.
The 28-year-old said: 'I have to make a decision in the next week because I don't want to miss the games for Chester either.
'Maybe I will get some special leave so I don't have to play those games, I don't know.'
Curle insisted he wouldn't stand in the way of any player representing their country, but warned the big defender his place would be under threat during his absence.
Curle said: 'Luke knows if he doesn't play somebody can take his place and put in a performance that keeps them in the team.'
Marcus Richardson and Dave Artell may return for tomorrow's visit of Darlington although Abdou El Kholti and Craig Dove are unlikely to feature in this weekend's fixtures, including Monday's trip to Torquay.
Gregg Blundell is pushing for his first start and trialist Leo Bertos is hoping to be involved.