AN injury to promising centre-back Rob Marsh-Evans marred the Blues' 1-0 victory at Droylsden on Wednesday.
The tall defender injured his foot in a seemingly innocuous incident on the half-hour mark and limped out of the action shortly after.
Scans later revealed that Marsh-Evans, who signed his first pro contract with Chester this summer, has a hairline fracture of his fifth metatarsal - an injury similar to the ones that have sidelined team-mate Glen Cronin and the likes of Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham in recent years.
He faces between four and six weeks on the sidelines.
Assistant manager Graham Barrow said: 'He's really just done it out of nothing, as we've seen with some of the top players.
'There's no explaining it really. I know it did happen at times when I played but not as frequently as it does now.
'Rob's a big 6ft 2in, left-sided centre-half. The last one who I saw like him was Steve Walsh when I was at Wigan. He has all those attributes.'
The Blues fielded a reserve team at the Butchers Arms, where Jon Newby settled the contest with a coolly-taken strike in the 10th minute.
Captain Sean Hessey's powerful header forward was taken on by Newby, who sprinted clear and dispatched a low, right-footed shot into the corner of keeper Paul Phillips' net.
Droylsden had their chances to draw level after the break but the visitors held firm.
The Blues turned in one of their more encouraging displays of a disappointing pre-season against Blackpool at the Saunders Honda Stadium on Monday night.
The hosts dominated the first half and a 24th-minute goal from dead-ball specialist Kevin Sandwith - who curled in a superb free kick - was the least they deserved.
However, the Tangerines emerged for the second half in more determined fashion and hit back with a Scott Vernon double.
Against Chesterfield last Saturday, hosts Chester looked relatively secure at the back but failed dismally to carve out any clear goalscoring opportunities.
Second-half strikes from Mark Allott (59) and Paul Hall (79) secured a 2-0 win for the Spireites.