Darlington boss Alun Armstrong admits he was downhearted after being told he has lost another player to injury, and will now look to bring in reinforcements on loan.
After Luke Trotman was last week ruled out for most of the season, if not all, having ruptured an Achilles tendon, Jamie Holmes has now been told he will not play again for around six months.
Quakers had thought the former Newcastle United youth team player would be missing for two or three weeks, but a scan made it clear that he has suffered a cruciate ligament injury.
His absence increases Armstrong’s woes as he has been without key midfielder David Atkinson since pre-season, while Stephen Thompson is also unavailable for this Saturday’s game at home to Southport.
He said: “We started the season without Atky, who is a key part of the jigsaw, then we lose Trots, who is one of the club’s biggest assets, and then Jamie Holmes.
“He is another lad who I think could move into full-time football, one of the most talented lads I’ve worked with, natural ability. He was red hot in pre-season, everyone saw it.
“We were expecting him out a couple of weeks and he felt the same.”