SHEFFIELD Wednesday will be without top scorer Gary Madine for around six weeks and right-back Lewis Buxton for a month.
Manager Gary Megson is trying to sign a striker before tomorrow’s loan deadline after tests on Madine’s toe confirmed a fracture.
James Tavernier has already been taken on loan from Newcastle to cover for Buxton, who pulled a hamstring in training last week.
Megson said ahead of the Tranmere game that a winger and a centre-half were his priorities.
He has landed his centre-back target, Miguel Llera - the Spaniard and Tavernier will be with the club until January - but, with Madine injured and only five loan players allowed in a match-day squad, the Owls chief may target someone who plays up front or out wide.
Madine was hurt during Saturday’s 2-1 win at Prenton Park.
“Losing Gary for six weeks with a broken toe is a blow,” admitted Megson. “I’ve been given the go-ahead to try to get a centre-forward, which we’re trying to do. Sometimes you have to take a player who can do a job in either of two positions.”
Megson also reflected on new defence duo Tavernier and Llera: “We’ve lost Lewis Buxton for a month, which is a blow; we had the opportunity to take James Tavernier, who is a good player, not an experienced player, but he’s quick, handles the ball well, is a good defender and has a bit of personality about him.
“Miguel Llera did well for Brentford [on loan] against us recently; he too handles the ball well, and has good size and stature.
“Rob Jones is suspended on Saturday and has issues with his nose at times. After Thursday’s deadline for loans we can’t do anything until January. If anything goes wrong after that you’re stretched. We have a few problems at the moment; we have to get through them.
“We have to put in the sort of performance given in the second half at Tranmere, when we were without Gary and Lewis.”
Megson also said: “This is going to be a big test for Gary Madine. It’s not a holiday - he needs to be very professional in undergoing his rehabilitation.”
Ryan Lowe looks set to start on Saturday in his place.
The Owls will host Aldershot in the FA Cup second round on December 3 after the Shots beat Maidenhead 2-0 last night.