Billy Jeffreys will miss Hampton & Richmond Borough's game against Met Police tonight - and potentially the rest of the season too.
The talented centre back is struggling with a knee injury, which needs an operation and could well spell the end of the youngster's campaign.
Beavers boss Paul Barry said: "Billy has not had much luck with injuries. We will have to see where we stand after his operation. It may be that we have to write his season off and work on getting him fit for next season."
Ready to step in is defender Alex Finney, who along with midfielder Lawson Okimeji, has joined on work experience from Leyton Orient's youth team.
Okijemi provides another option in the middle of the park, where Bradley Simmonds and Tom Hickey will still be sidelined for a few more weeks.
Although the two teams are yet to meet in the Ryman Premier this season,they have played twice in the cups, with honours even after Hampton knocked Met Police out of the FA Trophy, but the Met winning a League Cup clash.
Barry said: "There's probably not a lot you can read into those games as both sides made a lot of changes for them, and have made a lot of changes to their squads since. They are on a good run, but so were we before the Maidstone game."
With last Saturday's game against East Thurrock posptoned, Hampton are still looking to bounce back from that 7-2 hammering in Kent, in which they shipped five second half goals.
It was the Beavers' first league defeat in nine games, a run stretching back to the start of December.