Portadown captain Keith O’Hara has been ruled out of action for the next 10-12 weeks.
O’Hara suffered a recurrence of a metatarsal injury on the opening day of the season against Linfield.
The 32-year-old will be in plaster for six weeks before starting rehabilitation – compounding a frustrating start to the new season for Ports boss Ronnie McFall.
Influential defender Ross Redman is out for 6-9 months with a cruciate ligament injury.
Tim Mouncey (appendicitis), Chris Casement (ankle), Sean Mackle and Darren Murray (both hamstring) are also unavailable to McFall.
The Shamrock Park boss insists the club must “get on with it” despite being depleted in numbers.
“Keith picked up a similar injury last season and it obviously didn’t heal properly,” he said.
“What can you do? These things happen in football and you just have to get on with it.
“The irony is we went through the whole of pre-season without one injury, and now we have picked up several in the space of a couple of weeks.
“It is disappointing for all the lads. Ross is obviously out long-term, and Keith is out for 10-12 weeks.
“We don’t know how long the others will be missing.”