A SPATE of injuries to Millwall's forward line could force Steve Lomas back into the transfer market ahead of Tuesday's deadline.
The Lions have lost Steve Morison (hernia), Jermaine Easter (hamstring) and Dany N'Guessan (knee) to injury in the past week, prompting Lomas to bring in former Blackpool frontman Gary Taylor-Fletcher on trial.
Taylor-Fletcher trained with Millwall in the early part of the week but has now moved on, although talks between Lomas and the 32-year-old's representative continue.
Lomas said: "It is a difficult one because I am reluctant to bring people in on short-term deals, but it's something I'll have to look at.
"We didn't expect to be without Steve and Jermaine so early in the season, and now Dany has picked up an injury as well. We've got three strikers out so we'll think about it.
"The problem with signing players short-term is that they're not really ready to go in terms of their fitness. Gary has done a pre-season but you can do all the pre-season you want, what really matters is getting games."
Taylor-Fletcher, who has also trained with Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday this summer, is thought to be looking for at least a one-year contract, but the Lions are over-budget so they may not be in a position to meet his demands.
His agent said: "We are speaking to three or four clubs and I would expect Gary to sign a permanent deal somewhere before the window shuts."
Lomas is still working on the basis that he must move players out before he can bring others in, although it is understood Millwall's board would stretch to sign an exceptional player if one became available.
N'Guessan had been lined up for a move to League One Swindon Town, but his injury has put that move on hold for now.
Robins chairman Jed McCrory said: "We had one that was 99 per cent certain to sign but, due to injuries at their club, we can’t get him in at the moment.
"We are still hopeful we can bring him in in time. We’ve got one we’re talking to currently which, if everyone is agreed on, we hope to bring in before Saturday."
Another fringe player who could be on his way out of The Den is midfielder Josh Wright. His father Mark, who is also his agent, has confirmed the 23-year-old would consider a loan move elsewhere.
"Josh needs to be playing football and if that's not going to be at Millwall, then he'll have to go somewhere else," Wright senior said. "There's no point in him sitting in the stands."