REDDITCH United manager Darren Byfield hopes his side's injury issues will ease ahead of this Saturday's clash with Kings Langley.

United slipped to successive league defeats for the first time this season when a depleted starting 11 suffered a 3-0 loss at Basingstoke.

A host of key men missed the clash with illness, injury and absence, including Donnell Benjamin, Danico Johnson, Kevin Monteiro, Vinny Mukendi, Jack Coates and Marcel Simpson.

Reds are due to take on Bishops Cleeve in the Challenge Cup on Tuesday night before heading to Kings Langley this weekend, where Byfield hopes to have more options at his disposal.

He said: "I think Basingstoke deserved the win but we really were down to the bare bones.

"We already had a number of players out and then others called on Saturday morning to say they were ill.

"Anyone would feel it because the squad isn't as big as some others in this league.

"We've done really well this season but injuries have just caught up with us in the last few games.

"The difference between this season and last is that I'm not too concerned this time around because I know I've got the players I need.

"Last season I was having sleepless nights trying to think about what players we could get in and what we could do differently to turn it around, this time it's just a case of waiting for them to return.

"When they do we'll be quickly back to where we were a few weeks ago, I have not doubt about that."

Donnell Benjamin and Danico Johnson will hopefully return from illness and Kevin Monteiro is also due back.

"I don't want to rush people back and risk them breaking down for even longer but we are hoping to have more options this week.

"Even though there have been reasons why we have lost a couple we still want to make sure we bounce back as soon as we can."