YORK City's defensive injury woes are rumbling on after centre-back Josh King sustained a broken fibula in training.

The unfortunate King was just returning to action for City, having featured in back-to-back games for the first time this season in the place of the suspended Matty Brown.

His initial projected recovery time is between six and eight weeks.

The Minstermen's back line has been a patchwork of loanees and re-purposed midfielders for much of the campaign.

Normal service briefly resumed against Chorley earlier this month, when interim boss John Askey was able to name a back four of players in their strongest positions before centre-back Brown picked up a 33rd-minute red card.

King came in to shore up the defence in the second half and kept his spot for Saturday's FA Trophy trip to Matlock Town.

Looking for a defensive partner for Sean Newton, Askey may well turn to central midfielder Sam Fielding, who has given a good account of himself at the heart of the defence this season.

City have also given timeframes for out-of-action midfielders Olly Dyson and Michael Woods. Both are back running in training, the club confirmed.

Dyson has been missing since limping off the field against Buxton in the FA Cup at the start of November.

Suffering with the double-whammy of compartment syndrome and a secondary calf tear, Dyson's estimated recovery time is three weeks.

Woods has not been seen since aggravating an old Achilles injury at Boston United in October.

He is working with an incomplete Achilles tear and is expected to be back in training in four weeks.