Blackpool have been rocked by the news Barry Ferguson has undergone an operation on an ankle injury.
The influential skipper travelled down to London on Monday to see a specialist who recommended the 35-year-old went under the knife.
Pool wasted no time and Ferguson had the routine surgery later that evening.
It’s as yet unknown how long he will be out, but it’s thought it will be at least a month.
Assistant boss Alex Rae says the news came as a huge blow.
“He’s had an operation on his ankle,” he said.
“He’s going to be out for a while.
“We don’t know the duration yet, but once we get the surgeon’s report we’ll know more.
“It’s a body blow for us.
“He’s one of our key players. But it give someone else and opportunity and we maybe need to bring someone in to plug that gap.”
Pool have been left short with injuries to substitute keeper Mark Halstead, left-back Bob Harris and striker Nathan Delfouneso.
Rae said after Friday’s draw at Huddersfield Pool would dip into the transfer market, but revealed last night they haven’t yet managed to do so.
He said: “We haven’t really managed to sit down and look to the loan market yet with the games coming so think and fast.
“We’ve just concentrated on organising the players and getting them prepared.
“We put a lot of work into the preparation to games.
“But once we get the chance to sit down we’ll look about and maybe have the opportunity to bring one or two in.”
Blackpool travel to London on Saturday to face Charlton Athletic, where they’ll be boosted by the return of Angel Martinez from suspension.