FC United's Danny Williams will be out of action until next year after breaking his leg against Whitby Town on Saturday.
But Rebels' manager Karl Marginson is backing the forward to make a full recovery.
"He will be in a cast for six to eight weeks so it looks like he won't be back until the New Year," said Marginson. "But he is only 19, so hopefully he will be a quick healer."
United face Ilkeston at Gigg Lane tonight, with Marginson hoping they can make a statement against one of the sides tipped to be pushing for promotion.