SIMON Anderson rued Oxford City Stars’ misfortune after the club released two players hit by injury.

Stars have said goodbye to netminder Milan Ronai following a long battle against a troublesome groin problem, while import Ryan Widmar has returned home to Chicago after he was struck down with serious illness last year.

It comes before a tough trip to Invicta Dynamos in English National League South Division 1 on Sunday, where Anderson’s side will be looking to bounce back from defeats to Cardiff Fire and Chelmsford Chieftains.

Ronai was a star performer when Stars won the double in 2017/18, although Ross Miller has deputised impressively in his absence.

But Anderson admitted the loss of two key men was a blow.

The head coach said: “I’ve never known a season like it for injuries and bad luck.

“Milan had been an excellent player for the Stars, but ultimately it was difficult to keep three netminders and he needs time to recover.

“Ross has come in and done an excellent job and Mark Duffy is a good netminder as well and a big part of the squad.

“Unfortunately, Ryan has been seriously ill, and he is not able to play hockey right now.”

He added: “We thank both Milan and Ryan and wish them well.”

David Manning was expected to return to light training this week after suffering a broken hand, but the forward has not been signed off to play.

Anderson added: “We are light on numbers and the transfer window is tough at this stage of the season.

“But whatever happens we will all pull together and do our best for the club and the fans.”

Stars go into this weekend’s game seventh in the division, while Invicta are fourth.

Face-off is at 5.15pm on Sunday, with Stars back at Oxpens next Sunday when they entertain leaders Streatham (6.15pm).