Ronnie Moore will look to the emergency loan market this week to bolster a Hartlepool United squad hit by fresh injuries and suspensions.
Pools are now without all three right-backs for the next few weeks thanks to Carl Magnay’s red card in the 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers.
Right-back is a problem now.
Magnay - who can also operate in midfield - joins the injured Michael Duckworth (hamstring) and Jordan Richards (back) on the sidelines after getting his marching orders for violent conduct.
It has left Moore desperate to bring in defensive cover when the loan market re-opens on Wednesday, ahead of the trip to Exeter City on Saturday.
And Moore has told SportMail he is still looking to add a “different option” to his midfield after three straight league defeats.
“Right-back is a problem now,” said Moore.
“It is a position we will look at and if we can do something about that when the window opens, then we will get that done for this weekend.
“Carl could be out three games and we are missing Ducky – it’s a position we have to look at and see if we can do anything with it.
“I have been looking at midfielders too.
“I think we need something else in midfield – we need some pace in there, a box-to-box type, whether we play in a two or a three.
“Woodsy [Michael Woods] and Nicky [Featherstone] are a bit similar in there together, with their movement and appreciation of the game so we need something different.”
The loss of Magnay for three games is a huge blow to Pools, the former Gateshead and Grimsby Town utility man has been one of the star performers.
Magnay was red carded four minutes from time after needlessly getting involved in a tussle with Wycombe sub Ryan Sellers in front of the home dugout.
The versatile 26-year-old, filling in at right-back, flung Sellers to the floor in a move that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a wrestling ring.
Moore said he didn’t see the incident and would review the tapes before deciding whether to appeal.
But any chance of the pending three-match ban being overturned looks to be highly unlikely.
Moore added: The sending-off, to be honest I didn’t see it – and I’m not just saying that like managers do!
“Carl has told me they’ve grabbed each other and so if he sends one off he’s got to send them both off – but we’ll look at the DVD and appeal if we need to.”
Magnay’s sending off was particularly frustrating, given he had been Pools’ best defender, with the rest of the back four struggling against Wycombe.
Moore added: “Carl is a good right-back, no doubt, he looked polished and was our best defender as the other three weren’t at it.
“He did really well but if you can’t defend you don’t win games.”