Blackpool are set to make a move in the transfer market after Ian Evatt was ruled out for at least two months.
Seasiders chief Simon Grayson has confirmed that central defender Evatt will be sidelined with knee and shin problems.
"He's had a knock on his knee and his shin and unfortunately Evo's going to be out for two to three months," Grayson confirmed.
"I think both injuries will keep him out for that long - he's strained his medial ligament and he's got a lot of bone bruising to his tib and his fib on his shin, so it's a big blow to us."
Grayson confirmed he was now looking at the loan market and admitted he would likely step up his effort to re-sign Stoke's Andy Wilkinson on loan.
"We were always looking for players but with what has happened to Ian Evatt it might force the issue," said Grayson.
"We also have to see how Stephen Crainey is because if he is out then we will be down to four defenders, five if you count John Hills who can do a job at left-back.
"But you can't go into the group of games coming up with just five defenders so hopefully we might be able to get somebody.
"Obviously Andy Wilkinson is a good player and it is no secret that I tried to sign him during the transfer window.
"It won't be our call. Ultimately it is Stoke's call as to whether they let him back out. I know he came on as a substitute at Sunderland at the weekend for them."