KYLE Turner is unlikely to play again this season after suffering an ankle injury.
The midfielder will not feature against Alloa Athletic tomorrow (Saturday) or next weekend against East Fife after damaging the ankle while turning on Tuesday night at training.
Craig Pettigrew will also miss tomorrow's trip to the Indodrill Stadium but manager Stevie Farrell was hopeful the defender could yet return before the final game of the campaign.
Farrell gave the team news to the official website earlier this evening and said: "Steven Bell is back and training all week, which is great.
"Craig and Kyle will miss out tomorrow through injury.
"Craig has picked up an ankle injury and Kyle has picked up an ankle knock as well.
"Craig has been unfortunate that he has picked up injuries since coming back."
It will mean a reshuffle for Farrell and Stranraer, with both Pettigrew and Turner having started last weekend's goalless draw with Brechin City.
David Wilson and Ryan Thomson came on for the duo at Glebe Park but Farrell has a fit Bell to choose from as well.
Victory in Clackmannanshire would see Stranraer secure Scottish League One football for another season.
The manager added: "We know the importance of tomorrow.
"We know the importance leading up to this game and it is a 36-game season and tomorrow is game number 35.
"Three points would be enough to see us in League One next season.
"We will go there and like every week we will try to win the game of football.
"It will not be easy against a good side who are at home."
While Stranraer take on the Wasps, Peterhead face off against Livingston and Stenhousemuir do battle with Queen's Park.
Various permutations would see Stranraer still involved in a relegation battle, safe, or battling for promotion to the Championship.
Farrell was determined to see his men wrap up survival at the very least.
He said: "The quicker you can get anything done the better.
"Obviously, we will be looking to get safety as early as we can and hopefully that is tomorrow."
Stranraer 1-2 Alloa Athletic
7 January 2017
TWO goals in three second half minutes saw Alloa Athletic come from behind to take three points at Stair Park. Stranraer were well on top for large chunks of the game but two sizeable deflections saw Jim Goodwin's men ensure the Blues left with nothing.
The opener came halfway through the first half when Craig Thomson bulleted home a second half header from Willie Gibson's corner.
However, the tie would be turned on its head in the final 20 minutes. First, Iain Flannigan's free-kick took a sizeable deflection to wrong-foot Cameron Belford. Then, just three minutes, another deflection fell into the path of Jon Robertson, who smashed past the helpless goalkeeper.
Thomson and Malcolm came close to rescuing a point but the equaliser would not come for Stranraer.
Last five meetings
- 1-2 (C Thomson; Flannigan and Robertson) at Stair Park on 7/1/17
- 2-2 (Kirkpatrick and Spence; Agnew and Gibson) at Indodrill Stadium on 13/12/16
- 2-5 (Malcolm x2; Spence x2, Flannigan and Kirkpatrick x2) at Stair Park on 13/8/16
- 1-2 (Love; Holmes and McCord) at Stair Park on 30/3/13
- 4-1 (McCord, Megginson and Holmes x2; Gallagher) at Stair Park 26/1/13
Stranraer's last five games
Brechin City (A): 0-0
Airdrieonians (H): 2-1 (McGuigan and Turner)
Albion Rovers (A) 3-0
Stenhousemuir (H): 3-0 (Agnew, Thomson and Kassarate)
Peterhead (A): 2-2 (Malcolm and Robertson)
Alloa Athletic's last five games
Airdrieonians (A): 0-1 (Kirkpatrick)
Brechin City (H): 6-1 (McCluskey, Spence x2, Marr and Flannigan x2)
Livingston (A): 2-1 (Mackin)
Albion Rovers (H): 1-1 (Kirkpatrick)
Queen's Park (H): 2-2 (Flannigan and Taggart)
Last time out
Stranraer lineup v Brechin City: Belford, Pettigrew (Wilson 77), Dick, Neill, Robertson, Barron, Malcolm, Agnew, Turner (Thomson 60), Gibson, McGuigan (Kassarate 68).
Not used: Bell, Donald, Kemp and Currie.
Alloa Athletic lineup v Airdrieonians: Parry, Taggart, Waters, Marr, Graham, Robertson, Flannigan (Cawley 65), Hetherington (McCluskey 65), Spence, Kirkpatrick, Mackin (Longworth 78).
Not used: Holmes, Hoggan, Martin and McDowall.
Perhaps unusually, this is the first time Mat Northcroft has refereed either Stranraer or Alloa this season. The man in the middle has refereed 24 games but not one featuring either the Wasps or the Blues.
Northcroft's last tie involving Stranraer came more than a year ago when he took charge of Dunfermline's 3-1 win at East End Park. His last Alloa contest saw the Wasps lose 1-0 to St Mirren in March last year.
Follow live updates on Twitter from the Indodril Stadium during a crucial afternoon for the Blues at @StranraerFC.