Crisis club Hereford United may be forced to take a "risk" with half-fit players for Saturday's Blue Square Bet Premier trip to Southport.
The cash-strapped Bulls squad, already thinned down following relegation from the Football League, has been badly affected by injuries.
And they had only 11 players fit enough to train on Thursday.
"Sometimes, as a manager you have got to take a risk," boss Martin Foyle told BBC Hereford & Worcester.
"We've got to push them through more quickly than the physio would want me to do, and I totally understand his point of view.
"But there's no point waiting four or five games down the line. I've got to do it now."
Hereford chairman David Keyte warned last week that, without fresh investment, the relegated former Football League club face administration.
And, with the wage bill due to be paid, booking a potentially lucrative FA Cup first round tie against Graham Turner's Shrewsbury Town next weekend may prove a timely lifeline.
Hereford had midfielder Simon Clist fit enough to return to the bench for last weekend's 2-0 fourth qualifying round win at FC United of Manchester.
But they could not even use their youth team for Thursday's training session as they had played the previous evening and were on a day off.
The Bulls, who have lost just once in their last 10 visits to Haig Avenue, stand 14th in the table, on the same points as the Sandgrounders, nine points below the play-off positions and seven clear of the drop zone.