Boston United go into Saturday’s crunch clash at Nuneaton Town with Gregg Smith, Joe Maguire and Liam Agnew all sidelined.
Striker Smith and Maguire will both be suspended, while Agnew broke his fifth metatarsal after clashing with former teammate Scott Garner in the weekend’s 4-1 defeat to FC Halifax.
Central defender Maguire will miss out on a return to the club he left in the summer after picking up a late booking on Saturday.
The talismanic Smith was also ruled out of the fixture following his early yellow in the same contest.
But a second-half red card, for a second bookable offence, means he still faces the same punishment, but his other four yellows return to his tally and a further booking will bring another one-game ban.
Following the incident Smith took to Twitter to apologise to fans, saying he was ‘embarrassed’ by his actions but eager to make amends.
Boston are now expecting a lengthy stretch out of action for captain Agnew, who will join Shane Clarke, Grant Roberts, Joe Burgess and Herve Pepe-Ngoma, another former Nuneaton player, on the treatment table.
Defender Nat Brown played in a 2-1 friendly win at Spalding United on Wednesday evening after picking up a long-term thigh strain in pre-season, but it is not known whether he will be risked this weekend, although Cameron Johnson is likely to be available again.
In some good news, Ipswich Town defender Joe Robinson has extended his stay at the Jakemans Stadium until November 29.
Last Saturday also saw Boston hand a debut to George Couzens, a former Norwich City trainee who has recently been playing for Bourne Town.
Home and away victories helped United pip Nuneaton to the final play-off spot last season, The Boro also suffering a points deduction for fielding an ineligible player.
Things haven’t started as well this season for both sides as Boston sit 16th, with Nuneaton - who have former Boston keeper Christian Dibble in their squad - two places and two points behind.
Kick off at Liberty Way will be at 3pm.