Shrewsbury Town were today assessing the injury to frontman Terry Gornell – as the search for a new striker continues.
Gornell jarred his knee after 30 minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Doncaster and was today undergoing further examination from the club’s medical staff.
He is a major doubt for tomorrow’s home Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round tie with Crewe, but boss Graham Turner is hoping the striker will not face too long on the sidelines.
“The fact he came off so early in the game, it looks fairly serious,” said the Town manager.
“But it is hoped initially it is only going to be two or three weeks.”
With Gornell joining loan frontman Sam Winnall on the sidelines, Town’s striking options have been depleted
The only fit recognised forwards are Marvin Morgan and young duo Ryan Doble and Tom Bradshaw, while Paul Parry and Mark Wright have played in the second striker role during parts of games in recent weeks.
But Turner – whose side haven’t found the net in the last three games – has revealed the search for fresh blood has been on-going.
“It has never changed,” he added. “We are aware of what we need and we've attempted to do something about it.
“It hasn’t worked out as well as we would have liked but that persistence and optimism of bringing somebody in hasn’t changed.
“There was a young player who we thought would do a very good job for us but, after several weeks of being told he would be let out, he has finished up playing for a Championship club.
“From last season we are looking at far better quality players and, in some cases, probably setting our sights a little bit too high and they are finishing up in the Championship.”
Turner has again emphasised that financial backing would be forthcoming for deals.
“We all realise that we need strengthening,” he added.
“If the right player was available at the right price there would be money available, I don’t think there’s a doubt about that, and to bring a player in wages wise wouldn’t be a problem.”