TRANMERE Rovers have been dealt a triple injury blow ahead of their League One match at Port Vale this weekend.
Assistant manager John McMahon says he is likely to be without midfielders Jason Koumas, James Wallace and Steve Jennings for Saturday's game at Hamil Road.
Wallace and Koumas picked up groin and foot injuries respectively in the 3-2 win over Notts County and had to be substituted, while Jennings also picked up a knock in the match at Prenton Park.
In a pre-match interview, McMahon said told Tranmere Player: "We're struggling on the injury front.
"We've tried to get the lads right but I think the three are very doubtful.
"Jennings reported in on Monday with swelling on his knee. We thought we might have got rid of it but we're struggling with that and it's unlikely the three of them will figure.
"We've got a massive run in so to play them in one game when they're not 100%
"It would affect the team because they're not firing on 100% and more importantly it affects the player because if he's going to risk serious injury and they could be out for five or six games.
"Hopefully they'll be back sooner rather than later."
Rovers' defender Danny Holmes says the squad has to aim for a positive start in Saturday's away game against Port Vale.
Rovers started brightly in the 3-2 win over Notts County and Holmes is looking for a repeat performance.
He said: "I think we came out of the traps really well on Saturday and that's what we've been lacking most of the season.
"We need to carry that into Saturday and get the three points that we want.
"We've got to stay together as a team. Hopefully some of the lads recover from their injuries, but if not I think we've got the players to come in and fill those voids.
"I can't see any nerves with the lads which I think is really good for us.
"I think we'll be alright at the end of the season."