MARK Danks is one of four major doubts for Worcester City’s penultimate match of the season at in-form Quorn tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm).

The City striker, who returned to the starting XI in Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over Rocester, left the Victoria Ground in considerable discomfort and was set to seek medical advice.

Jordan Stoddart (hamstring), Jamie Smith (back) and Nathan Hayward (knee) are also among the walking wounded as City bid to maintain pressure in the chase for the Midland Football League Premier Division’s second promotion place.

Manager John Snape’s options should be boosted by an all-clear for midfielder Mat Birley, recently troubled by a tight hamstring, with flexible defender Sam Hall being considered for a recall.

“There are a few bumps and bruises,” said Snape. “Nathan is still trying to protect his knee after admirably getting through Tuesday’s match.

“Danksy went to hospital. The last I heard was that he might need an X-ray on his left leg due to some pain he cannot seem to shift.

“First and foremost, we will be looking to enjoy the game and get the best out of the players we do have available.

“Having so many injuries is not great but it does give people like young Riley (Keasey) an opportunity, one he has grabbed with both hands over the past two games.

“There are a few lads on the bench who are itching to start so there are positives in a negative situation.”

Quorn sat 21st with three wins from 18 league matches when current boss Carl Abbott took over.

A haul of 14 wins and three draws from 21 games since has seen the Leicestershire outfit climb to 10th. They currently boast seven wins from eight unbeaten league outings.

“Quorn deserve congratulating. They changed manager and have drastically improved their results with an influx of players,” Snape added.

“They look like they are putting in place a good infrastructure to challenge next season and it will not be an easy game. They will be looking to finish on a high like we are.

“We will be looking to build on the past week’s good results. We played some nice football in the second half against Rocester and hopefully, we can carry that into this one.”

Coleshill Town now sit second after last night's (Thursday's) 3-1 win at Heanor Town and currently need four more points from three away matches to end City's bid to go up.

Should Coleshill win, City must beat Quorn to stay in the race. Should third-placed Highgate United win, City must take at least a point to be able to overhaul them.

“We just need to win our next two games and see where it takes us. We want to finish strongly," said Snape.

“There are two difficult away games but our focus has to be on us.”

Snape politely declined to comment on news of a potential takeover of City by ex-Bolton Wanderers striker, director of football and co-owner Dean Holdsworth, reported by the Worcester News on Thursday.