BRIAN Flynn has ruled out delving into the loan market before tonight’s trip to MK Dons as his midfield selection headache worsened.
David Syers has been ruled out for two to three weeks with an ankle injury, leaving what was previously a well-stocked area looking a little bare.
Paul Keegan looks set to miss the rest of the season after tearing a thigh muscle in the win at Shrewsbury.
With Lee Fowler out on loan, Flynn looks set to choose between James Harper and loanee Cameron Howieson - who missed Saturday’s win over Hartlepool with a bug.
But there will be no new arrivals in tonight’s squad, though Flynn has hinted some business may be done before the weekend.
“We’re not looking at anything at this point in time,” Flynn said.
“I’ve got something up my sleeve that I may do after the MK Dons game in midfield but nothing before.
“We’re getting a little bit bare in midfield.
“It’s massively disappointing to lose David at such a key point.
“And it must be devastating for Paul because he was in such a good grove of form and playing such an important role in the team structure.
“We’ll have a good look at Cameron Howieson to see how much the illness has taken out of him.
“Thankfully it was only a 24 hour thing and he trained yesterday but we’ll be monitoring him.
“There’s James Harper and we’ve got a couple of other lads who could play in midfield if needed.”
An option that could be available to Flynn is dropping James Coppinger into midfield and recalling Billy Paynter.
Flynn will look to extend the loan of John Lundstram from Everton as soon as possible after the youngster’s impressive start to life at the Keepmoat.
According to Flynn, Robbie Blake is still struggling to shake off an injury picked up in a training-ground match with Manchester United last month.
Tonight’s opponents, MK Dons, have lost their last eight games in all competitions after their memorable 4-2 win at QPR in the FA Cup.
And boss Karl Robinson acknowledges the cup heroics affected his side’s push for promotion this season.
“The run has affected us in the league,” Robinson said.