Walsall manager Paul Merson will attempt to extend John Ruddy's loan spell from Everton amid fears regular goalkeeper Andy Oakes may require surgery on his hand.
Former Hull City and Derby County keeper Oakes picked up the injury during the warm-up ahead of last month's Chesterfield game and has missed the three games since.
That prompted Merson to bring in teenager Ruddy for a month from Goodison Park and although he has done reasonably well, particularly in last week's 0-0 draw with Brentford, the manager wants his first-choice back as soon as possible.
Merson is nervously waiting to check the condition of Oakes' hand once the plaster is removed as it could mean he will be ruled out for a significant period of time.
"Oakesy is in plaster for a couple of weeks and when the plaster comes off we'll have to see how it is," Merson said.
"Hopefully, it will heal itself, but if it's no better when the plaster comes off he might have to have an operation."
On a positive note, Merson praised the performance of Ishmel Demontagnac after the youngster scored on his senior debut in the 3-2 defeat at Port Vale last weekend.
"He has plenty of pace and that element of surprise which can cause the opposition plenty of problems," said Merson. "It's a shame he didn't end up on the winning team but he has a bright future ahead of him and we will look after him."
Demontagnac's strike had given the Saddlers a first-half lead after Vale's Sam Collins had put through his own net to cancel out Chris Birchall's opener. But second-half goals from Gary Mulligan and Chris Cornes gave Vale the points.