MATT Gilks has undergone a scan and Pool are keeping their fingers crossed he won’t be out for the long-term.
The keeper has a groin problem which forced him to miss the Boxing Day win at Barnsley and will almost certainly rule him out of the New Year’s Eve trip to Birmingham.
Pool hope the injury is nothing more than a minor groin strain but there are fears it may be a hernia, which would mean a longer spell on the sidelines.
It has emerged that Gilks travelled to Barnsley and was prepared to play. However, the 29-year-old was left out because the club didn’t know the extent of his problem and would not risk making it worse.
Holloway said: “We are not exactly sure what the problem is with Matt yet.
“He limped out of training (on Christmas Eve) pretty badly and we have been struggling to get a scan done at this time of year.
“The physio thinks he knows what it is, but until we have the results of the scan (which Gilks had yesterday) we can’t be sure.
“We didn’t risk him at Barnsley, just like we wouldn’t have risked any other player.”
Mark Howard was hugely impressive when he deputised for Gilks at Barnsley and Mark Halstead has been recalled from a loan spell at Stockport to provide cover.