Leeds boss Dennis Wise admits he may be forced back into the loan market after Leon Constantine was ruled out for three months.
Former Port Vale striker Constantine, who missed the opening day win at Tranmere and Tuesday's Carling Cup win at Macclesfield, has an ankle injury.
The news is the latest in a series of body blows for the troubled Elland Road club, who started the League One season 15 point penalty imposed by the Football League.
"Leon will be out for three months - it's a massive blow," said the United boss.
"He's good competition in there and I was happy with the four strikers we have. Unfortunately that's the way it goes.
"Whether or not we bring a loan striker in we will see.
"He's very disappointed. He's done a whole pre-season and then does his ankle. He was looking forward to the challenge and playing for Leeds."
Wise says he is in the hunt for a back-up keeper, a left-sided wide player and another central defender in an effort to bolster his squad.