Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Chris Neal has been ruled out for up to six weeks after suffering a broken finger.
Neal, who joined the Shrews from Preston in the summer, picked up the injury in training last week, but was able to play in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Torquay United.
However, X-rays have now confirmed Neal's middle finger is broken and the 24-year-old could struggle to return to action before the New Year.
With Glyn Garner recovering from a shoulder operation, Shrewsbury boss Paul Simpson is planning to sign a keeper on loan with Andreas Aristidou his only option.
"It is a massive blow for us and for Chris after he has worked so hard to get himself back to fitness," Simpson told the club's official website.
"It will mean up to six weeks out for Chris while this clears up and hopefully all will go to plan.
"I've now got to look at bringing in a loan keeper before the weekend's game and I'm hopeful of doing this."