STRIKER Shaun Tuck is set to miss this weekend's game with Barwell - and manager Tommy Lawson says his heel injury is "troubling".
Tuck has been nursing the problem since returning to Skelmersdale United last month and has missed their last three matches.
Lawson's men have lost their last three matches but the manager will keep faith with the side that lost 2-0 to Trafford on Tuesday night.
The Skem boss was delighted with the reaction of his players in the midweek fixture after disappointing performances against Buxton and West Auckland.
And Lawson is confident that United will get back on track in Saturday's Evo-Stik Premier Division game at home to Barwell - despite Tuck's absence.
The manager has no doubts Skem will make amends for their recent run but admits he is on the look-out for additions.
"I have got to keep faith in the players," said Lawson.
"But there are one or two areas I'm looking at and we will see if there is anything that would interest us.
"Shaun Tuck has been missing from the Buxton and West Auckland games. He injured his ankle in the warm-up at Witton. He came down funny on it and it is now affecting his heel.
"He was on the team-sheet for Tuesday but was limping badly.
"It is troubling and he won't be available Saturday.
Lawson added: "I thought we were poor at Buxton and I was disappointed with our performance up at West Auckland.
"But on Tuesday night I got the reaction I was after. The lads put in a real shift and I was really pleased with their commitment.
"The performance was a far cry from Saturday's performance.
"As long as the effort is there then I know the results will follow.
"Every side goes through a blip in the season but as long as we keep working hard then we'll turn it around."
And Lawson says there have been inconsistencies in the displays of the referees as well.
"I went onto the pitch after the Buxton game and congratulated the referee on his performance," said Lawson.
"I told him he was the best ref we'd had all season.
"He did really, really well but on Tuesday night we had the complete opposite.
"The referee could only see white. He booked Ashley Dunn for a foul he didn't even commit."
Lawson says Tuesday night's game with Trafford was a battle of similar sides but believes Skem will encounter their opposite this weekend against Barwell.
"Barwell are a big, strong and physical side,” he said.
“They will come to be physical and it will be completely different to the challenge we faced at Trafford on Tuesday night.
"Barwell will be a percentage team and they will be in our faces."