With just four days to go until the new season starts, Moseley have been dealt a hammer blow with the news that Adam Caves and Tom McIntosh have both suffered broken legs.
Caves, the club's first-choice hooker, and McIntosh, who had performed well in pre-season and was challenging for a starting position in the back row, both sustained broken fibulas in last Saturday's friendly match with Newport.
The injury to Caves is particularly problematic for Moseley given his status as one of the better proponents of his position in National Two and the lack of cover they have within their squad.
His absence leaves director of rugby John Beale with just Dean Bick as a front-line replacement and the inexperienced Leroy Hughes, a summer signing from Cheltenham, as back-up with the season opener against Manchester looming on Saturday.
"It is a massive blow for us," said Beale. "Adam is a crucial part of the spine of our team although it is better that it is a break and not ligament damage meaning his recovery should be reasonably straight forward. It's really sad for both players because they have both worked hard this summer."
Beale, and head coach Ian Smith, have just a few days to find a replacement for Caves and they are likely to turn to Premiership sides Worcester Warriors and Gloucester to see if they can strike up a loan deal for the short term.
Caves and McIntosh are expected to be out of action until the end of November and their absence compounds the difficulties Moseley had up front last season.
Beale admitted the front row remained an area of concern. "We are not happy with it," he said.
"As it stands we are looking to work on that area and I would not preclude having to look overseas if the right player became available.