Scarborough Athletic chief Steve Kittrick has received a double blow over the past few days.
As well as hearing the news that defender Dean Lisles has been ruled out for up to three months with a hip injury, Kittrick has also missed out on Darlington attacker Lewis Nightingale.
Lisles has a labral tear of the hip that will need keyhole surgery and possibly some of his bone shaving off.
The Boro boss had been in for Nightingale, who helped Farsley beat his side last week, but due to logistical reasons, the move fell through.
Kittrick said: "Dean's out for some time, he might be away from playing for us until February.
"That means we have had four very serious injuries to four very good players if you include Paul Robson, Alhassane Keita and Liam Ormsby.
"We were hoping to have Dean back in a couple of weeks after his scan, but this news has come as a massive blow."
Kittrick was also frustrated by the failure to sign Nightingale.
"We had agreed terms with Darlington, but Lewis felt that it was just too far to him to travel due to work reasons," added Kittrick.
"He has decided to stay where he is, which is up to him, we just have to accept that.
"We are still looking to see who becomes available because as a club we are always keen to strengthen.
"Players have to want to come and want to come for the right reasons though."