AKIL WRIGHT looks set to miss the start of the National League season after being hospitalised with a virus.

The energetic midfielder has been struck down with illness, which included vertigo, forcing him to miss the conclusion of Wrexham's pre-season campaign.

And with Wright waiting for the all-clear from the hospital, it's unlikely the 23-year-old will be ready to face Barrow on Saturday with doubts almost certainly surrounding his availability for the midweek trip to Boreham Wood and Dover the following Saturday.

"We’ve got Akil coming back from an illness," said Reds boss Bryan Hughes. "He’s had a bad virus. He got hospitalised with it, so he’s going to be last minute really - touch and go - and we will be monitoring him this week.

"He’s obviously got to get the all-clear from the hospital before he can start training again.

"He’s had a bit of vertigo as well and lost his balance a few times, so we’ve got to be careful with him and we can’t push him too hard.

"It’s a shame really because he’s had a really strong pre-season. He’s one of the players who has really raised his game."

Rob Lainton is also set to miss the opening game of the season after being sidelined with an ankle injury, although Hughes won't be rushing to bring in any new signings before the week is out should the remainder of his squad come through unscathed.

"Never say never because you don’t know what’s around the corner," said Hughes of any future potential ins and outs.

"If someone gets injured in training or there is an illness like Akil’s, which we weren’t expecting.

"We will see. At this moment in time I’m very happy with what I’ve brought in and the squad."