TOWN could be without their 16-goal top scorer Jordan Rhodes for two months.
Scans have revealed the extent of the 20-year-old’s ankle ligament damage.
And while the former Ipswich man, injured during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Colchester, has already started his rehabilitation programme, the League I promotion chasers have been told he will be absent for six to eight weeks.
With the transfer window closing on Monday, boss Lee Clark, who has also lost keeper Alex Smithies and midfielder Damien Johnson to injury, could try to bring in a frontline signing to bolster the bid for a top-two finish.
Town chief executive Nigel Clibbens said: “As has become usual in transfer windows we are being linked to lots of players despite having a strong squad already.
“However we have picked up a number of long-term injuries to the likes of Jordan, Alex and Damien.
“So if the right players become available we will support Lee Clark in trying to bring them in.
“We are approaching the ‘business end’ of the season and the team is very well positioned at the moment, so we need the strongest squad possible to capitalise.
“We are constantly looking for the right player and right deal to come along that can improve the squad.”
While on-loan Newcastle defender Tamas Kadar is back with Town ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Arsenal, Benik Afobe is due to train with Clark’s squad today.
The 17-year-old Gunner, who is still waiting to hear if he will be allowed to face his parent club at the Emirates Stadium, played 67 minutes for Arsenal reserves in their 1-0 win over Chelsea yesterday.
Town resume their league campaign at home to Carlisle next Tuesday.