Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has revealed he is searching for emergency signings following the injury crisis which has hit his squad.
The Dons now have a full team on the sidelines with the number of injuries that have been sustained in recent weeks.
However, despite the loss of players Aberdeen have lost just one game in their last 11 outings and sit sixth in the Scottish Premier League after rescuing themselves from the relegation zone.
Although his side have managed to retain form, Brown believes that things could take a turn for the worse if new recruits are not brought on board.
"Even though the transfer window has closed we are doing all we can to identify suitable players because of our horrendous injuries which are the worst I have experienced in management," he said.
"There's a chance another player could come in, especially now we have so many injuries. Our scouts are looking everywhere for potential signings as there are good free agents available.
"A lot of focus is placed on the transfer window but there are plenty of players still available after it has closed.
"It would be good to have other options because of the important games coming up. There is also the possibility of agreeing pre-contracts before the summer."
Dons midfielder Isaac Osbourne is the latest to join the growing list of injury victims with the the 25-year-old set for a month lay-off with a hamstring problem.
But despite being ruled out, Osbourne is eager to return to action and repay the loyalty which the club has shown to him.
"I was lucky to be given an opportunity with Aberdeen after being out the game for so long," he said. "After that, there was no way I could turn down an offer to stay.
"The only issues were personal ones as I'm so far away from my family. However, it's a job and many other people must be away from their families because of work commitments.
"Hopefully I return soon to help the team. We are still pushing to finish strongly, we are in the top six and still involved in the Scottish Cup.
"But even when we were bottom the self-belief was always there that we were good enough for a top-six place. We were always really positive and now it is paying off."