YORK City are heading to Leamington on Tuesday night without Olly Dyson in the squad.

The midfielder became the latest player to head into the treatment room after taking a knock against Buxton on Saturday.

Dyson will be out for "three to four weeks" manager Steve Watson said after the 21-year-old limped off the field in the 71st minute.

He joins long-term injury concerns Scott Barrow, Michael Duckworth and Michael Woods, the latter of whom may be absent for six to eight weeks.

Looking ahead to the National League North trip to Leamington (7.45pm), Watson said: "Apart from the ones who weren't available already, we've now got Oliver Dyson out for a kick I don't even think he got a free kick for.

"Fair play to Olly for trying to play on as long as he could, thinking it was just a dead leg but it seems to be a lot worse than that. He actually spent a bit of time in hospital over it.

"He's going to be three to four weeks.

"As we stand, there were 12 senior outfield players fit (in training)."

The Minstermen head to The New Windmill Ground tonight looking for a league reaction to the weekend's crushing 1-0 FA Cup first round defeat to Buxton.

Former City loanee Diego De Girolamo scored the sole goal of the contest six minutes from time after good work from another ex-Minsterman, Ash Chambers.

It was no less than Buxton deserved as the lower-league side were the greater goalscoring threat for the majority of the 90 minutes against an uninspired and uninspiring York.

"To get over a loss like that is very difficult," Watson admitted. "Having to move on is what you have to do.

"Sitting on the couch on Saturday night, you're scratching your head, but you wake up, as a manager, you have to look forward again.

"Now we have to think how we can get three points (tomorrow night), how are we injury-wise.

"It's not brushing the result or performance aside but it's something I've got to do."

Despite an up-and-down campaign, if Watson's side win at Leamington, they will go fourth, provided seventh-placed Spennymoor Town do not beat second-placed Brackley Town in the division's only other Tuesday night game.

"As disappointed as we all were on Saturday, they've responded before after bad performances and that's what we need," Watson commented.

"There's nobody more frustrated and annoyed than me.

"You wouldn't have wanted to hear what was said in (the dressing room).

"But the thing about football is you can always win the next game.

"(Buxton) was bad for a lot of reasons but to go and perform and respond (on Tuesday) is all we can do.

"There is an expectancy to be challenging, but when you take a step back and take a look at what has been going on, certainly injury-wise, we're still in the top 10 and can go into the top five.

"We've hung in and dug deep in games where you are without five or six starters.

"If you take five or six players out of any side in this league, I don't think they would have the points they have got.

"It's not been consistent, it's not been pretty at times, at times it's been very frustrating, but what I think we've done so far is dug in hard.

"That day will come when we do have a full squad to pick from and hopefully it will be over that busy Christmas spell.

"It's not the way we foresaw it in the summer but that's the way it's worked out.

"We've been resilient at times, we've been sloppy at times, we've made innocent errors from players being asked to things that are foreign to them.

"But we've managed to stay in and around where we need to be and I think the lads deserve a bit of credit for that."