POOL are poised to dip into the loan market next week and sign a striker.
Matty Phillips has joined Gary Taylor-Fletcher (bone bruising) and Roman Bednar (dead leg) on the casualty list.
The winger is out of tomorrow’s game at Bristol City with a recurrence of his hamstring problem – an injury likely to scupper his chances of making a Scotland debut next week.
Pool manager Ian Holloway said: “I doubt he’ll be fit enough for international duty.
“Craig Cathcart (due to play for Northern Ireland on Wednesday) is also struggling with his hamstring, so we will probably ring their respective national managers today and warn them, so they can replace them.”
The loss of three frontmen, plus a dip in form in the last two games, will prompt the manager to make a signing.
He discussed potential targets with his staff after training yesterday.
Holloway added: “Injuries are taking their toll, and if I don’t get the right result tomorrow and we don’t get anybody back by next Friday (when Pool host Hull), then it is something I can do.
“We haven’t got to worry too much about the money it will cost because we have some cash. That’s what the success we had gives me.
“But who they will be and how good they’ll be is difficult to say, because not many clubs will loan out their best players right now.”
Bednar is the one injured player with a chance of being involved tomorrow. Cathcart, Matt Phillips and Taylor-Fletcher are definitely out.
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