Sheffield Wednesday were dealt a big blow in midweek following the injury to defender Tom Lees.
While their disappointing 2-0 defeat at Stoke City and ensuing League Cup exit will have hurt supporters and boss Carlos Carvahal, the night was made worse by injury problems.
Lees suffered what looked like a torn hamstring and while Carvahal has yet to comment on the situation ahead of Sunday’s clash with Derby County, he could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The former Leeds United defender has been superb for the Owls, with his consistency at the back alongside Glenn Loovens a real standout at Hillsborough so far this season.
His absence would be a big blow to the club, and with a lack of real quality beyond him and Loovens at centre-back, the club should seek a new addition in the January transfer window.
While the Owls have money to spend, a loan deal wouldn’t be a bad idea and one name which instantly comes to mind is Manchester United’s young centre-back Paddy McNair.
The Northern Ireland international has featured sparingly for United this season, making just one Premier League start, which happened to come in their latest 1-1 draw at Leicester City.
Competition for places is tough at Old Trafford and as McNair needs regular first-team football in order to aid his development - a loan spell would make sense.
According to a recent report in the Belfast Telegraph, Championship trio Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Burnley are all interested in his services, which suggests he could well be available in January.
Wednesday are well positioned just outside the Championship playoffs, but with a number of clubs vying for a top six spot, Carvahal’s side can’t afford to rest on their laurels.
Injuries, suspensions and squad depth are what could define a team’s season and in the event that Lees is out for some time, the Yorkshire outfit must replace him effectively.