Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Glenn Hoddle has been forced into more changes for the first of two Molineux tests in eight days against Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.
Wednesday night's 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough came at a cost as Hoddle lost two more play-ers to Wolves' ever crowded treatment room, both with knee injuries.
Luckless striker George Ndah was stretchered off following a challenge from Wednesday defender Peter Gilbert. And, although Wolves believe he will not need surgery, Ndah looks like being sidelined for at least two months after damage to his medial ligament. And Lee Naylor has suffered a problem in the same area, having aggravated a patella tendon problem.
"George's is a nasty one," said Hoddle. "Everyone is devastated for him, but it was just one of those things.
"It was on his standing leg that he got caught and the guy just collapsed on his leg as he went to play the onetwo. Consequently the ligament has strained.
"Lee had been playing through the injury for a while but now it seems it's been aggravated, having landed awkwardly after a header, and he'll need treatment.
"With the next game coming round so quick that might be a problem for us but I've said all along that we're going to have to use the squad anyway and these new injuries make that more so.
"Jody Craddock came in for Gabor Gyepes and did excellently so that's how we're going to have to use the squad and there are other players to come in and play their part."
Gyepes could yet return against Plymouth, who Wolves meet again at Molineux in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday week. But stand-in skipper Mark Kennedy might get the chance to rest a tight calf muscle, especially with loan man Tom Huddlestone waiting in the wings and fit-again captain Paul Ince in the frame for a first start since mid-August.
Ince came on for the final 20 minutes at Hillsborough and, although Hoddle says it is too early for him to return, the potential loss of Kennedy could force his hand.
"It's a difficult time for any squad," said Hoddle. "We've not got Chelsea's resources. But we should cope.
"Some players will have to play a third straight game of the Christmas period, but I will make changes where we can. Tom Huddlestone and Paul Ince were on the bench at Hillsborough and both can bring fresh legs." n Angry Preston North End manager Billy Davies has slammed Plymouth's handling of their postponed game at Home Park on Wednesday as "shambolic".
The Championship match was called off two hours before kick-off due to a frozen pitch, with North End boss Davies informed of an inspection only after it was announced on radio.