A spate of early season injuries is threatening to further undermine Doncaster Rovers’ slow start to the new season.
But boss Paul Dickov has insisted he is in a position to act swiftly before the transfer window closes next Tuesday - if necessary.
Rovers are down to the bare bones as they prepare to face Fleetwood on Saturday.
Dickov was due to check on the fitness of Paul Keegan and Dany N’Guessan - who are both back running - this week before deciding whether to dip into the loan market.
But the situation worsened on Tuesday night when skipper Rob Jones (neck) and Luke McCullough (knee) were both forced off during Rovers’ 4-1 extra-time defeat to Ipswich Town in the Capital One Cup.
With Nathan Tyson (hamstring) and Harry Forrester (ankle) both facing a minimum of six weeks out, Dickov’s options are limited ahead of this weekend’s visit of Fleetwood.
His bench against Ipswich was comprised entirely of youngsters, although Mitchell Lund and Billy Whitehouse both acquitted themselves well when called into action.
“It is a little bit worrying but we’ll see how they [Jones and McCullough] are,” said Dickov, in the aftermath of his side’s cup exit.
“Keegs and Dany are close. Depending on how Luke and Rob are, the only two long term ones are Harry and Nathan.
“We’ve got up until Tuesday until the window closes so we’ll wait and see how the injuries are.
“Luckily we’ll have Gary MacKenzie back this weekend but we do need to get players back.
“We could act fairly quickly if we needed to,” he added.
“It’s not as if we’ve been sat doing nothing over the last week or so. We’re looking at every scenario to see if we can get them in.”