Derby manager Nigel Clough has revealed he may look to sign another striker on loan following James Vaughan's injury.
Vaughan joined the Rams on a temporary deal from Everton last month but suffered a knee injury after just two games and had to undergo surgery.
There are fears he could be sidelined for eight weeks but Clough has not given up hope of seeing the youngster play for Derby again.
Clough nevertheless admits he may be forced to venture back into the loan market to capture a replacement for Vaughan.
"He's going to be out six to eight weeks, so that takes us until mid-December," Clough told the Derby Evening Telegraph.
"We'll see how his rehab goes but he's someone we'll certainly look to bring back in January if he's fully fit.
"He got a dead leg against Crystal Palace and we are not quite sure if he did the injury in that collision or not, or whether it was an existing injury.
"His injury was a big blow for us and we are contemplating a loan to replace James.
"It is something we'll be looking at this week."
Clough is likely to have just a couple of options available to him in attack for this weekend's trip to Leicester.
On-loan Paul Dickov is ineligible to face his parent club, while Steve Davies (ankle) and Chris Porter (hip) are still out injured.
"I think Rob (Hulse) and Kris (Commons) will be our only two fit strikers available," said Clough.
"Steve Davies is maybe two to three weeks away.
"It's not a straightforward injury so it might need an injection to settle it down."