Blackpool are hoping to secure a last-minute signing ahead of this evening’s trip to Bolton.
Barry Ferguson has until three hours before kick-off to complete a loan deal to plug the gap left by Kirk Broadfoot.
The Seasiders were in talks last night with a club over a central defender and remain hopeful something can be done in time for him to play this evening.
Broadfoot was awaiting the results of a scan today but his knee injury is expected to keep him out for at least the next few weeks.
If no-one comes in and Ferguson again opts for three at the back, it could mean Tony McMahon being moved inside to partner Gary MacKenzie and Craig Cathcart.
The right-back filled-in well on Saturday and Ferguson is full of praise for yet another of the squad’s utility men.
“I put Tony in yet another position when Kirk got injured and he did excellent,” said the stand-in boss.
“I might give him a go up front next – he’s been brilliant.
“He’s the type of lad I want at the club. He gives you everything.”
Saturday’s victory against Huddersfield left the Seasiders nine points clear of the relegation zone.
It means another two victories will all but secure their safety for next season, and Ferguson isn’t going to relax after two wins in the last three games.
He said: “I’m not resting on those two wins. I just want to get through this spell and start to looking further afield.
“When we are safe we can start to plan properly for next season, and hopefully we can make another step towards that at Bolton.”
The Trotters are just one point above Pool and come into the game on the back of a dramatic draw at Yeovil on Saturday.
After being 2-0 down at the break, Dougie Freedman’s side battled back for a point but aren’t yet out of the relegation battle.
But Ferguson says Pool are facing a squad which most clubs in the Championship look upon enviously.
“I know Dougie Freedman pretty well and he’s got a really good squad,” he said.
“I’m sure a lot of managers in the Championship would love the squad he’s got there.
“We’ll go there and try and get three points as we always do.”