Port Vale forward James Wilson will be out for several weeks because of a broken bone in his foot.
The 25-year-old has is joint top-scorer with seven goals this season, including a hat-trick in Vale’s 5-1 FA Cup win over Accrington.
It’s going to mean a substantial period out, which is disappointing for us…
He suffered the injury in the 64th minute of Saturday’s League Two draw against Bradford and had to go off.
“It’s going to mean a substantial period out, which is disappointing for us,” Vale manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Stoke.
“He’s devastated but that’s football – nothing you can do about contact injuries.”
The Valiant are already without their other joint top-scorer Jamie Proctor who is scheduled to be ruled out for a further week after undergoing surgery for a hernia. Youth teamer Eden Bailey, who featured in some summer friendly games, is also currently out of action with an ankle injury while Devante Rodney could be available although the club are monitoring his persistent heel issues.
However, Vale also have George Lloyd, David Amoo and Dennis Politic as other striking options.