Wisbech Town face losing influential skipper Paul Cousins for the next month.
The centre-half ruptured his calf during the second half of the 3-3 weekend draw with Kirkley & Pakefield.
Manager Steve Appleby said of the seemingly-innocuous incident: “He tried to pick his foot up and run on 65 to 70 minutes, and it went. It was one of those unfortunate football injuries.”
A temporary replacement will not be sought, Appleby explained: “We’ll go with what we’ve got. We’ve got Anthony Reeve back now after suspension, injury and work.”
Reeve returned for last night’s twice-postponed Red Insure Cup tie with Thetford.
In the league, fourth-position Wisbech travel at the weekend in a massive pre-Christmas game to second spot Walsham le Willows, who won a seventh successive victory 3-0 at leaders Mildenhall Town on Saturday.
Appleby is keen for a response after his side has collected one point in two games, and added: “Like I said to the boys after Saturday’s game, every game is massive now.
“It’s very important to keep winning in the league as if not, the FA Vase run will distract us, we’ll get a a couple of games behind and could be ten points behind the leaders.
“We’ve got to get back to basics. We’ve got to stop believing in the hype and start proving it.
“We drew with Walsham in the first game of the season, and although everyone kept saying we should be beating them, since Christmas they’ve only lost two games. They are a big, strong organised side who are difficult to beat.
“We’ll need our best players performing but it is time for everyone to step forward.”