DAVID Worrall is the latest Accrington Stanley casualty as they face an injury crisis ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Darlington.
Loan signing Worrall has returned to his parent club West Brom to be treated for a hernia and that will end his one-month loan spell with the Reds.
He joins Andy Procter (knee), Leam Richardson (stomach), Bobby Grant (knee) and Ian Dunbavin (knee) on the sidelines while Paul Mullin has had some treatment this week and John Mullin has been carrying a knock.
It means manager John Coleman will be back wheeling and dealing in the loan market to add to his already small squad - and was hoping to bolster his attack before tomorrow’s trip to the Darlington Arena.
"I am still looking to bring an attacking player in before the weekend as losing David has limited our options," said Coleman.
"He did okay when he came on up front on Saturday against Notts County and it is a blow for us as he can play wide right or up front.
"Andy Procter is still around 10 days away and that is frustrating for him as he is climbing the walls.
"He is a player who is desperate to play and earn his money and he is frustrated," said Coleman with Procter missing the last three games after suffering a tear on his medial ligament.
The Reds chief continued about Richardson, 28, who has only played three games this season: "Leam had an injection in his stomach this week and could be out for four or five weeks which is another blow to us.
"Leam is a good footballer and knows this league well.
"And Ian Dunbavin had most of his stitches out of his knee this week and will resume training next week."
However, Coleman was impressed with Blackburn Rovers loan midfielder Rostyn Griffiths who played his first game for the Reds in the 1-1 draw with County on Saturday.
"Rostyn is a good footballer. He gets about the pitch well and has a good strike on him.
"He played well alongside John Mullin and Rostyn quickly settled into our way of playing.
"John has been carrying a bit of a knock but did well to get through the game. John has been playing well and we are pleased with him."
Coleman was, though, disappointed his side didn’t get more out of the County clash despite the visitors taking the lead in the 90th minute before Jimmy Ryan equalised with a deflected effort in injury time.
"When you go a goal down so late, you are relieved to get a point but both goals were terrible to be honest," said Coleman.
"Jimmy’s was a bobbler but you would prefer one of them going in than a screamer going over the bar.
"Jimmy has got a great strike on him and it is in his locker to get more spectacular goals and I think he will get a few more for us.
"But I don’t think we passed the ball like we can on Saturday and our movement was not as good as it can be especially in the second half and that was disappointing as I think it is a game we could have won.
"Saying that, these were the type of games we would have lost last season so at least we got something."
The Reds visit Darlington tomorrow hoping to re-find their form after picking up one point out of the last nine.
But they have played the Quakers four times - and lost them all. "I think we have been unfortunate against them in the past and hopefully we will go there and get something tomorrow.
"It is a nice stadium with a big pitch, which we tend to like, and we do go there full of confidence."
Coleman admitted there have been some freak results in League Two this season - Shrewsbury hitting seven against Gillingham and Darlington firing six past Maccles-field - and he is just hoping his side isn’t on the end of one of them.
"We have only lost by one goal this season so that is a step in the right direction for us.
"We are still one-goal in credit in goal difference but we just want to win as many games as we can as quick as we can and get ourselves into a good position.
"I do think we should have had three points more than we have got this season but we know every game is difficult."