STEVE Halford admitted he was "gutted" after learning he will be out for at least a month after breaking his leg.
The central defender suffered an injury to his right leg in the 4-0 win over Crawley.
He played on, not realising he had a stress fracture, and only after seeing a specialist did he know how serious it was.
"I thought it was a dead leg as I took a kick and then another but I thought I would be able to run it off," said the former Bury man.
"But every time I tried to run on it, it went and I just couldn't put any weight on it.
"Then the specialist said it was a crack and a bit of nerve damage and that there is nothing to do but give it time to heal.
"It is awful as I have done all the pre-season, played the games and now I will miss out so early on in the season.
"Trust me to get injured. I will have an X-ray in about four weeks and then I could need about two weeks to strengthen it," said Halford who has already spent two weeks on the sidelines.
"Looking at the fixtures, I am looking at being back for the Hereford game in October."
In the meantime, Stanley boss John Coleman has continued on his defender hunt but Halford knows there is nothing he can do.
"I will just have to keep going to the gym, keep fit and then fight for my place. I am gutted though.
"The days seem so long as I just have to rest and build it up slowly."