PHIL PARKINSON has been dealt a blow after revealing midfield duo George Evans and James Jones are facing longer spells on the sidelines.

Evans sustained a glute injury in last Tuesday's 2-1 win at Sutton United while Jones limped off with a hamstring problem when Wrexham beat Notts County 1-0 at The Racecourse on Saturday.

The pair missed Tuesday's 1-1 draw against promotion rivals MK Dons along with Tom O'Connor who is making good progress after suffering a slight fracture of the foot ahead of the Welsh derby defeat at Newport on January 20 but is still not close to a return.

When asked about Evans and Jones, Parkinson said: "Both look quite serious unfortunately for us.

"We have had set-backs in that department but that's the way it goes and we will have to address that."

Luke Young was drafted into the midfield at Stadium MK with the Wrexham captain making his 250th appearance for the club.

Although not a regular this season, Parkinson cannot fault Young's professionalism and felt the skipper - who celebrates his 31st birthday today - marked the milestone by producing a superb performance.

"I am pleased for Luke," he said.

"Luke shows that you never know when you are needed and that is a great example for all young players coming into the game.

"You can get disillusioned when you are not playing and sometimes not on the bench but when your chance comes it is important you are ready to take it.

"Luke acquitted himself really well. He made the goal, he fought so hard in that midfield and he drove the team forward from that right-hand side."

Playmaker Elliot Lee, who has featured in every league game this season, appeared as a substitute for only the second time with Parkinson saying the playmaker needed a breather. 

"Elliot has played more minutes than any other player," he added.

"I just felt that to play him again after putting so much effort in at the weekend and the midweek game at Sutton would put him at risk of maybe getting a little injury.

"With the injuries we have got, I didn't want to take that risk.

"I said to Elliot: 'it would be great for you to come on after 60 minutes when the game has opened up' and he was magic when he came on."