By Rhod Mitchell.
Hodges said that Smith had suffered a seizure in the lower back during warm-up pre-Eastleigh.
"He had massage after the trip down and started the warm-up, but immediately realised he had no chance.
It's still a little sore, but he's hoping it may have settled down again for tomorrow. I've been talking him through things he needs to do and get. I'm something of a back 'expert' myself!
"I was out for a year with a back injury during my time with Plymouth Argyle."
Dover, who are managed by former Arsenal midfielder Martin Hayes, finished seventh in the table last season when they also reached the third round of the FA Cup for the first time.