Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner may widen his transfer search after he was forced to rule out defender Jermaine Grandison until March with a hip injury.
The former Coventry City youngster has proved to be one of Town’s outstanding performers since switching from the right-back berth to the centre of defence.
But now Grandison has been ordered to rest for up to four weeks by a specialist because a bone impingement is affecting movement in the joint.
The ever-present stopper has struck up an impressive partnership with Darren Jones, particularly as Town recorded three clean sheets in games against Brentford, Coventry and Scunthorpe at the turn of the year.
In his absence, Turner may have to reshuffle his back four or deploy either of inexperienced duo Yado Mambo and Cameron Gayle in the centre.
The Town boss confirmed: “We are always in the market for players in most positions, but we are settled across midfield and I’m happy with my goalkeeping.
“But, losing someone of Jermaine’s stature, then there’s thoughts we need to bring someone in.”