SKELMERSDALE UNITED have signed AFC Telford United midfielder Martyn Jackson on loan for a month - in the wake of major selection problems.
And manager Tommy Lawson is hoping to add more faces to the squad in time for Saturday's game at Stafford Rangers.
Skem have striker Dean Astbury, forward Matty Hughes and defender Rob McIntosh all banned for the weekend's Evo-Stik Premier Division clash with Kenny Strickland also a major doubt because of a hamstring injury.
Jackson, a former Manchester United player, is expected to go straight into the starting line-up and face old club Stafford as Skem bid to preserve their lead at the top of the table.
"The side is not at full strength for Saturday," said Lawson.
"We have three players missing through suspension. Dean Astbury has picked up five bookings - three of which came from his time at Marine - and Rob McIntosh and Matty Hughes were sent off against Blyth in the Cup.
"Also, Kenny Strickland was carried off on Saturday with a hamstring injury. We are not yet sure how severe it is and won't know until later this week.
"So we are down to the bare bones and so I have been working on bringing players in."
Lawson added: "I can shuffle the pack and put an 11 together but we won't have any strength in depth.
"All of a sudden we are missing a lot of players, especially if you include Aaron Turner and Lewis Field in that list."
United maintained their lead at the top of the Premier Division with last weekend's 2-1 win over Grantham Town.
Second half goals from Strickland and Hughes gave United the three points on a wind swept day in Lincolnshire.
"Saturday wasn't a great game. It wasn't one for the purists," said Lawson.