James Vaughan suffered a fractured eye socket and cheekbone in his latest bout of injury misery.

The Huddersfield Town striker, who took an accidental kick in the face during Saturday's match at Middlesbrough, confirmed the news on Twitter.

No timescale has yet been put on his return.

It's Vaughan's second injury setback of the season, and leaves the John Smith's Stadium club with just fit experienced striker, Nahki Wells.

Manager Chris Powell was already on the look-out for a new recruit during the January transfer window.

Vaughan missed 13 matches earlier this season because of a torn calf, ironically picked up during the home meeting with Middlesbrough in September.

And the 26-year-old was ruled out of the final eight games of last season because of a knee problem which needed surgery, his last game again being against Middlesbrough!

Former Norwich City player Vaughan had netted twice since his most recent return, and was Town's top scorer in both 2012-13, with 14 goals, and last season, when he notched 12.

With Martin Paterson, the only other experienced frontline back-up to Vaughan and Nahki Wells, close to a move to American club Orlando City, Powell was already scouring the market.

 

“We need a striker with knowhow to help us out, but we already knew that and we have been working hard to get what we want,” said the boss, who is now preparing for a trip to second-bottom Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

“Enquiries have been made, but we have been knocked back. Players have decided to stay where they are or go elsewhere.

“That’s how the market works, but we know what we need, our search is ongoing, and hopefully we will make some progress, because we are down to the bare bones,

“We had Phil Billing on the bench on Saturday and Matt Crooks and Joe Wright in the travelling squad, but I will use them if necessary.”

Powell brought on midfielder Oscar Gobern for Vaughan at the Riverside Stadium and explained: “I had Joe Lolley and Radi Majewski on the bench, but they are both forward-thinking players.

“We needed to be solid and not too open.”

Town have made no comment on claims Scunthorpe United have asked to take Joe Murphy on loan after both their senior keepers, Sam Slocombe and James Severn, suffered broken arms during the 2-0 League I defeat by Bristol City.

Murphy, who is on the road back to fitness after a foot injury, is a former Scunthorpe favourite, and Iron boss Mark Robins worked with him at Coventry City and brought him to Town last summer.

However the Republic of Ireland international provides the only experienced back-up to Alex Smithies at Town, who have had development keeper Lloyd Allinson on the bench in Murphy’s absence.