Marcus Bignot admits Chester’s task is set to become even harder in January with the club set to lose several key loan players.

Speaking after his side conceded an injury-time equaliser away at fellow strugglers Guiseley on New Year’s Day, Bignot was downbeat regarding the chances of keeping Reece Hall-Johnson, Sam Hornby, Nyal Bell and Daniel Udoh, who are all set to return to their parent clubs this month.

Losing regular starters Hall-Johnson and goalkeeper Hornby would represent a crushing blow for the Blues in their bid to retain their National League status, currently eight points adrift of safety in 22nd position, having picked up just four victories from 26 league outings this term.

“Well be losing players in January, in terms of loan players going back,” Bignot revealed. “We’ll be looking at our youngsters – the likes of Tom Crawford, Matty Waters – that’s where we are.

“You will probably see an unrecognisable Guiseley team in a couple of weeks, you will see Solihull Moors go into the market as well. People have a perception of Chester as a club but the reality will be in January, you’ll see.

“But there is enough in that dressing room but each week it gets harder and harder when you come out of games where we should get three points and only get one. It is what it is.

“That is the situation we are facing and that is what it is until I am told differently. It is important we got our youngsters out on loan, with them coming back in to help us in what is going to be a very difficult season for us.”

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