Scunthorpe United - Christian Ribeiro injury may alter Iron's transfer plans
BRINGING in a new right-back is likely to take precedence for Scunthorpe United during the remainder of the January transfer window - following the news that Christian Ribeiro's hamstring injury may sideline him for a month.
The former Bristol City full-back missed the Iron's 2-1 victory at Colchester United on Saturday with the problem and manager Brian Laws revealed after the game that the 23-year-old will be out of action for 'at least' four weeks.
Ribeiro's injury is similar to the one Damien Mozika sustained during the goalless draw with Shrewsbury Town a week ago.
And given he only has a limited amount of finance available to strengthen his squad this month, the United boss is frustrated at having to continually rethink his recruitment plans.
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"Christian will be out for at least four weeks," Laws explained.
"There's not a lot we can do about it, both he and Mozika are going to be out a bit longer term.
"But the players are determined to not let it affect them.
"Tom Newey I thought was excellent at right back on Saturday and that shows we've got versatility in the team.
"Unfortunately it does alter my thinking (when it comes to new signings), yes.
"I know I've only got a tiny, tiny amount of money to manoeuvre around and within 48 hours we've had to change which direction we are going in.
"I've had to think 'do we bring a right-back in, or do we continue looking at other areas?'.
"The good thing is, we got a result on Saturday which buys us time to make a decision."
Scunthorpe have so far had mixed fortunes when it comes to recruiting new faces this January.
Last week they signed free agent Akpo Sodje, who made his debut at Colchester, but missed out on long-term target Matt Sparrow, who would have been an excellent replacement for the injured Mozika, who joined Crawley Town.
"It's rubbish. I'm ringing up managers saying 'you know that I spoke to you yesterday about that player, well what about this one instead'," continued the Iron manager.
"It's been crazy really.
"What we need is a little bit of calmness. The result at Colchester will help that and allow us time to make the right decision.
"We're not going to strengthen all the different positions I'd like, so we've got to deal with what's the most urgent.
"The boys that went out there on Saturday I'm sure will say 'you don't need anything'."