Southend United's players are set to face Tranmere Rovers in their crucial League One clash this weekend despite not yet being paid.
Mixed reports coming from Roots Hall continue to disturb the players' plans ahead of the important game with both teams currently at the wrong end of the table.
The Shrimpers had their High Court case adjourned for four weeks on Wednesday and face a winding-up order over an unpaid £215,000 tax bill.
A source close to the club said: "You can really see how it's getting to people.
"We're all still really in this together though and we'll fight all the way on the pitch in the matches, but when you're not getting paid and don't know when you will, it's hard.
"It's certainly affected players in training and it's also making things hard for the manager because not many people are keen to sign for us now."