PAWEL ABBOTT will be out for at least three weeks after tomorrow's FA Cup first-round clash with Blackpool.
The 24-year-old frontman - likely to be on the bench for unchanged Town at the Galpharm (3.00) - will have a double hernia operation on Tuesday.
The news comes as Andy Booth (knee) was expected to come through today's training and take his place against Simon Grayson's in-form side, who have loan men Ian Evatt and Carl Dickinson cleared to play by QPR and Stoke.
"The injury to Pav is something he has been struggling with for the best part of two months, really, and it's got to the stage where something needs to be done," said manager Peter Jackson, himself under the weather with a cold.
"Pav is available for tomorrow's match but then he'll be out for three to five weeks, which is a massive disappointment for him and for us."
Danny Schofield has been back in training to make himself available, but Chris Brandon is sidelined by a sore hamstring as Town target a place in Sunday's 3pm draw for the second round.
Martin McIntosh is under treatment for a slight groin strain but is expected fit.
"The Cup is special and we want a good run, but this is a tough tie for us and we know we need to play well," added Jacko.