Darren Ferguson has admitted he will scour both the loan and free agent markets as he looks to replace Keshi Anderson at Doncaster Rovers.
Anderson has returned to parent club Crystal Palace after suffering a dislocated ankle during the defeat to Rochdale on Saturday, bringing to an end his loan spell with Rovers.
Ferguson has until Wednesday when the emergency loan window closes to make temporary signings.
But he can sign free agents at any point and, ahead of tonight’s visit of Chesterfield to the Keepmoat, confessed he had been keeping an eye on a couple of out-of-contract players.
“It gives me more scope and time to have a look at them,” he said. “Rather than putting them on permanent contracts and there’s no other clubs to deal with.
“There’s one or two that I’ve worked with before that are options.
“There’s a possibility of adding one that’s on loan and one that’s out of contract.
“I’d have to look and weight that up.”
In the loan market, Ferguson revealed he had suffered early disappointment in his search for Anderson’s replacement.
He said: “I made one or two phonecalls on Monday but unfortunately the clubs are not willing to let the players out that I wanted.
“You just have to keep going. We’ve got to make sure it’s the right one.
“We weren’t expecting this to happen but we’ve always been prepared in that we’ve got our targets for certain positions.
“It might be the case that no one comes in. And by the time we get to Saturday, you’d hope that one or two players might be back anyway.”
Ferguson is keen to bring in someone of the same ilk as Anderson, who operates differently from the other forwards at the club.
“I just think in certain games you need that bit of something different,” he said. “Keshi plays between the lines well. He’s not a number nine, he’s a ten.
“We may need someone that has that ability to play between people rather than right up to defencers.
“It will be that sort of player that I’m looking for.”
Harry Forrester and Dany N’Guessan are both doubtful for tonight’s clash with Chesterfield.
Forrester is suffering from the illness which has blighted the Rovers camp over the last fortnight while N’Guessan suffered a hamstring strain in training.
Ferguson admitted he is likely to have a young substitutes’ bench tonight.