Ronnie Moore is looking to bring in a midfielder to Hartlepool United.
Injuries are biting deep ahead of the League Two clash with Carlisle United at Victoria Park on Saturday and will try the loan market for cover.
Moore rates Michael Woods (ankle) as “60-40 against” playing in the clash with the Cumbrians while his would-be replacement, Brad Walker, is definitely out with a thigh problem.
The Pools boss brought on Ebby Nelson-Addy as a second-half sub at Stevenage but says he wants an experienced hand in the middle - if he can find one.
“We could do with another midfielder in there,” said Moore at his media conference today.
“Brad has a little knock, he’s not available.
“Woodsy had an ankle injury and could be missing.
“I’ve tried to get someone in, knocked on a lot of doors and no-one has opened them.
“There are young ones out there who we could bring in, but we have to see how the injuries develop.”
Moore is also sweating on the fitness of captain Billy Paynter.
The striker came off at half-time in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup exit to Bournemoouth after complaining of a “tight” hamstring.
“Billy went off the other night and it’s touch and go with him, heads or tails,” said Moore. “It will go right down to the wire with him.’’