Leighton Baines believes the resilience of the Everton squad will help to overcome the deepening injury crisis at Goodison Park.
Sylvain Distin became the latest casualty when he was injured in the second half as the Toffees went down 2-0 at Tottenham on Wednesday night.
With only one senior centre back left standing in John Heitinga, Baines admits the need to get cover in the transfer window will be crucial.
However, he is backing the squad to rally to the cause in the coming weeks.
"We are really down to the bare bones now," he told the Liverpool Echo. "(Shane) Duffy came on and did well but you just find yourself hoping another doesn't go down because who's left after that?
"Hopefully we'll have Hibbo (Tony Hibbert) back soon because he's another defender as well, but we're struggling for numbers.
"It's nothing new. We've been here before and we know what we've got to do in those situations. We can adapt.
"The lads will play wherever you ask them and do whatever job you ask them. It's not ideal but we've got people who are willing which is important."