Ian Holloway has lost young striker Craig Sutherland, possibly for 12 months, to a freak knee injury suffered in training.
Sutherland, the former US college student looks set to be out for a year after a freak training ground injury.
He was taking part in a practice match at Pool’s Squires Gate training ground when a knee gave way during the second half.
And Holloway has revealed it’s much worse than first thought. “It’s a really bizarre one, really,” said Holloway.
“The injury has turned out to be quite nasty. He’s got three or four things wrong with his knee and it’s a terrible shame for the young man.
“He’s going to be out for a year by the looks of it.
“He was playing in a game, didn’t get much contact and it didn’t seem to hurt much, yet he’s done all sorts of damage.”
Former Pool midfielder Stephen Husband has joined Scottish First Division side Dunfermline.
The 21-year-old, released by the Seasiders at the end of last season, has secured a two-year deal.