MANAGER Carl Heeley says he feels “the world is against” Worcester City as they look set to travel to Curzon Ashton with just 12 fit outfield players tonight (7.45pm).

The Blue and Whites were without seven first-team regulars due to injuries and suspensions for Saturday’s Vanarama National League North clash against FC United of Manchester.

And after claiming a 0-0 draw at Bromsgrove’s Victoria Ground Heeley says he fears the club’s woes may “get worse” as midfielder Junior English appeared to pick up a groin injury.

However, City’s boss insisted his players cannot afford to “feel sorry” for themselves as they aim to end their seven-match winless streak in the league.

“I think the situation may get worse as Junior may be struggling,” said Heeley who had just 15 players, including two keepers, at his disposal at the weekend, meaning he was one short on the bench.

“It feels like the world is against us at the moment but you have just got to keep going.

“We can’t do anything about the injuries. It is very unfortunate.

“But we will deal with the players we have got.

“They have put a great shift in on Saturday and they have got to go again against Curzon which will be a big test.

“But they are good characters and I am sure they will give everything they have got.”

Defender Tom Sharpe and winger Connor Hughes are sidelined with knee injuries, while striker Lee Hughes and centre-back Sam Oji continue to serve their bans.

And Heeley admitted there was “no chance” captain Danny Jackman (back), attacking midfielder Micah Evans (calf) and the experienced James Chambers (hamstring) would be fit to face Curzon.

“I wouldn’t say there is any chance for any of them and I think Junior may struggle as well so we could have two outfield subs,” he said.

“But that’s the deck of cards we have got.

“You certainly can’t feel sorry for yourselves. It is a tough situation and is probably as bad as I have known it since I have been in charge at the club.

“If you take Kidderminster Harriers as an example, they have probably used not many more than 14 or 15 players all season and hardly had any injuries.

“And we have got seven players unavailable at the same time. That is nothing to do with anything other than bad luck.

“But you can't mope about. You just have to dust yourselves down and ride the wave.”

City managed to get midfielder Kennedy Digie on loan from Kidderminster Harriers ahead of their match against FC United.

And Heeley said he would “see what’s about” in a bid to bolster his depleted ranks for the trip to Greater Manchester.

The last time the two sides met at the Tameside Stadium, Worcester were 2-1 winners in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy in November.

Curzon are one place above City and will be looking to return to winning ways after back-to-back defeats.

“They are a very good footballing side and keep the ball well, especially at home,” Heeley added.

“But we have got to go there and try to repeat what we did in the Trophy.”