Rotherham United expect to be without captain Lee Frecklington for around three weeks as the injury problems pile up for the Championship side.
The midfielder limped off the field early in the Millers’ 2-1 defeat at Preston North End on Saturday and was followed late on by centre-half Farrend Rawson.
Both men have hamstring trouble, and the club will be assessing Rawson this week in the hope that the teenager’s problem isn’t as serious as his skipper’s.
“Frecklington has a hamstring strain, which is obviously not good, and Rawson felt his hamstring at the back of his knee,” boss Neil Redfearn said.
“We’re not flush with players. We have got players injured and things are mounting up.
“With Frecklington, you’re looking at a few weeks; Rawson, whether it’s a bit of tiredness or cramp we will have to see. He was struggling at the end and we had to take him off.”
Defenders Frazer Richardson and Stephen Kelly and striker Leon Best are already on the injured list as well and several players out on loan, so the need for reinforcements has become more acute.
Redfearn hopes to be active in the January transfer window this week.
Rotherham announced the loan signing from Manchester City of Shay Facey until the end of the season on the day of the North End clash and the 20-year-old right-back did well in his first senior match in English football at Deepdale, particularly in the first half.
“Shay was the first of one or two that we hope to get in,” the manager said. “Then we have got other targets.
“Now we have to look at the midfield area because we are very light in there with the injuries. We need some cover in there or someone who can compete.”
Republic of Ireland international Kelly hasn’t played since the first half of the 2-0 win over Hull City last month as he recovers from a calf complaint.
“Stephen’s still got a way to go,” Redfearn revealed. “He wasn’t fit for Preston and we will have to monitor him again to make sure he’s fit when he does come back.
Rotherham fell to a goal in the last few seconds against Preston, having taken the lead through Tony Andreu, and remain one place above the drop zone.
“The boys are playing well, they’re not playing badly,” Redfearn said. “Its just frustrating that we can’t get over the line. Were trying to settle things down and we’re not having much luck with injuries.
“Kelly goes missing and he’s important to us. We sign Best and then he goes missing because he has got to have an op (groin).
“I’m not one to moan but you do need that bit of luck to keep your side out there, a side that is going to win you games and get you points.”
The Millers are without a league match for a fortnight and travel to Leeds, managed by former boss Steve Evans, in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
“We will patch them up. We have got a blank week now where we will take stock,” Redfearn added.
“We’ll put the lads back together and make sure we’re ready for next weekend.”
Jonson Clarke-Harris’s own-goal header deep into time added settled the match at Deepdale.
“It’s frustrating because I thought we did more than enough to get our noses in front,” Redfearn said. “The lads are disappointed because they know they have done enough to get a result and have come away with nothing.”