Gateshead hit by Yemi blow
Striker, and crowd favourite, Yemi Odubade has broken his right foot in training and is likely to be out for six weeks.
Summer signing Odubade, one of three ever-presents, was given the bad news at a hospital in Gateshead.
The former Oxford United and Stevenage front man has proved a popular addition to the Tynesiders squad and has contributed four goals this season.
"I'm going to be out for some time and it is a real sickener," said Odubade "I've never been out for more than a couple of weeks before and it will be hard not being involved.
"It was just a freak accident on the training ground. I've broken my second and third metatarsal but I've just got to get on with it.
"Missing the big FA Cup derby at Blyth Spartans is really disappointing and I'll also miss the second round tie should we get through - which I'm confident we will."
In a separate development goalkeeper Paul Farman has joined Conference rivals Lincoln City on loan for the rest of the year.
Farman, 22, played in Gateshead's opening 16 games of the season but has since been replaced by on loan Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick.
With Tim Deasy back to full fitness after a knee operation manager Ian Bogie has allowed Farman to move temporarily to Sincil Bank.
"It is a situation where we have three good goalkeepers on the books at present so it made sense to let Farman go out on loan," said Bogie.
"He will gain good experience at Lincoln City where he will face competition from experienced keeper Joe Anyon."
Farman has been named in the England C back up squad for the forthcoming friendly international in Gibraltar.
Winger James Marwood, meanwhile, plays his last game on loan at FC Halifax Town this weekend.
A decision will then be made to see whether the former Newcastle United trainee signs on for a second month at The Shay.
Defender Ben Clark is set to captain Gateshead against Braintree Town at the International Stadium on Saturday after recovering from a hamstring injury.