Chris Plummer has already started to assess the options in front of him as Corby Town head for a defensive crisis.
As it stands, the Steelmen are set to have just recognised centre-half, in the form of Paul Malone, available for the FA Carlsberg Trophy second-round clash at Blue Square Bet Premier side Tamworth on December 15.
The problem has come about after Carl Piergianni was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 2-1 defeat at Blue Square Bet North leaders Chester on Wednesday night.
Piergianni will now be suspended for the trip to Tamworth and, by then, Stefan Galinski would have returned to Derby County with the defender’s three-month loan being up after the home clash with Hinckley United a week on Saturday.
It has left Plummer with a race to find at least one more central defender before the big Trophy tie.
“Carl’s red card means it is a bit of a double whammy for us,” the Steelmen boss said.
“We are waiting to see whether it is a one-game or two-game ban because he was sent off earlier in the season as well. But either way, he won’t be available for the Tamworth game.
“And with Stefan due to go back to Derby after the Hinckley game, it is going to leave us short in that department, which is very unfortunate.
“It is something we will have to work on between now and then but it’s not an easy one because the kind of players you would like to bring in may well already be cup-tied.
“But we will have a look around and see what we can do. There may be the chance to do a loan deal or something on a non-contract basis. We will work on it.”
Plummer, meanwhile, says Corby have already begun to “explore” the possibility of bringing Galinski back to Steel Park on loan in January.
“It all depends on Derby to be honest because they will, quite rightly, be looking at Stefan’s development and see what they think is best for him,” Plummer added.
“He has been excellent for us over the past three months and we have already begun to explore the possibility of him coming back. But there are other factors involved.
“I think he has really enjoyed himself here and he has gained valuable experience in men’s football, which is what it is all about.”