CHESTER CITY will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten Coca-Cola League 2 record tomorrow, when they entertain Darlington at the Deva Stadium.
City boss Keith Curle's selection options are still handicapped by an injury and suspension crisis which rules out five of his first team squad.
Midfielder Ryan Lowe is serving the second match of a two-game ban, while defender Dave Artell, midfielders Craig Dove and Abdou El Kholti and striker Marcus Richardson are all ruled out through injury.
Curle is philosophical about the situation.
"We have a squad here at Chester City, and the players who are coming into the side are quite capable of taking the team forward," he said.
"Injuries and suspensions are part and parcel of football, and we just have to get on with it."
The City manager continued: "Darlington are a well organised side who will always cause you problems if you don't approach the game in a professional manner.
"We know what to expect, but if we keep playing to the standards that we set in our opening three league matches, then I expect us to achieve a positive result."
New signing Leo Bertos, who made his debut in the 5-1 Carling Cup defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek, is expected to make his home debut, as is record signing Gregg Blundell, who also made his first appearance for City at Molineux.
Chester City (from): Mackenzie, Brookfield, McNiven, Bolland, Dimech, Hessey, Regan, Bertos, Vaughan, Curtis, Drummond, Walker, Davies, Blundell, Branch, Curle, Scales.