Ballarat City went down to Moreland City 3-1 in Saturday's National Premier League two west clash.
The loss came against a well-credentialed side, but it was the injuries sustained in the match that really left a sour taste in the mouths of those involved with Ballarat City.
Chudiar Tharjiath had scans on his foot on Saturday night which revealed no fracture. Unfortunately for Marcus Parini his scans on his wrist showed a hairline fracture, which will see him miss 4-6 weeks.
Daniel Tinker came off with a hamstring strain while Dejan Mitrovic looks to have an extended period on the sidelines with a knee injury.
"It's really disappointing for all the players," Director of football James Robinson said.
From a game point of view, Robinson said there were moments of promise, but ultimately Moreland proved too strong.
"Moreland punished us today...but the boys applied themselves really well, it's just those final decisions, but we know that's what we're in for.
"Some of the play the boys did (was really promising), but then there's some of the play that was a bit challenging, and that's ok, it's just about learning."
Robinson stressed that every result is part of the team's learning, which he hopes in time will see them develop into the team that they want to be.
Last week's victory was one to celebrate, and while Saturday did not deliver three points for City, the opportunities to learn and get better remain.
"We have high expectations, but we know on the journey to success we're going to come across these small obstacles.
"There's some great moments in the game, but it's about turning those great moments into outcomes and being able to nullify the opposition."
Recruit Riki Hosai continued is goal-scoring run with his new side, City's lone scorer.
Ballarat will play its third straight home game at Morshead Park, hosting North Geelong Warriors on Saturday.