INJURY has ruled two of Chester’s summer signings out of tonight’s friendly at Southport (7.45pm).
Midfielders Anthony Barry (heel) and Jay Harris (hamstring) – signed from Yeovil and Accrington respectively – will have to wait for their Blues debuts.
Defender Shaun Kelly (hamstring) will also be missing, paving the way for teenage centre-back Christian Platt to be given a run-out alongside either Paul Butler or Paul Linwood.
French trialist Damien Mozika is unlikely to play because Chester are still waiting for his international clearance to come through.
The 21-year-old, who can play in either midfield or as a striker, is expected to play in City’s next friendly game at Vauxhall Motors on Saturday (3pm).
Chester’s coaching staff have been impressed by Mozika in training and, if he continues to do well, he could be offered a permanent deal.
City managing director Bob Gray said: “Simon (Davies) has liked what he has seen. Damien is a player with immense ability and the manager feels that his style would be a great addition to the squad that he is creating.”
Mozika was released by AS Nancy this summer. He spent last season on loan with French third division outfit CS Louhans-Cuiseaux.
Meanwhile, City youngster James Owen has been called into the Wales under 17s squad to face Turkey, Norway and Sweden in Sweden.
The talented midfielder has yet to appear in Chester’s first team but he has impressed at youth and reserve level.
Blues head of youth Mark Newman said: “James came to me at Chester as an under 12 and has been a model player and very professional since day one. We are all delighted for him”
City kick-off their FA Youth Alliance fixtures with a derby at Wrexham on Saturday, August 16.
The youth team’s first home game is against Stockport County on Saturday, August 30.
Chester’s city centre club shop opened on Monday, selling merchandise, memorabilia and match tickets.
The shop is on Watergate Street, in the old Post Office building.
Tickets for Chester’s Carling Cup first round tie against Leeds United on Tuesday, August 12 have been on general sale since Saturday, priced £15 for adults and £10 for concessions. As well as being available from the Deva Stadium (10am-4pm weekdays), it is also hoped they will be on sale from the new club shop.