Shrewsbury have received a setback ahead of the visit of Cheltenham with the news on-loan defender Exodus Geohaghon has been forced to return to parent club Peterborough.
Geohaghon sustained a knee injury in the 1-1 draw at Stevenage last month and only recently returned to training but, having subsequently had to pull out, further scans have discovered a cartilage tear which requires surgery.
His loan was due to end in early January but the Posh centre-back is now facing several weeks on the sidelines.
Shrews boss Graham Turner has also been hit by the news deadline-day loan signing Andrew Tutte will miss out against the Robins with a back problem, meaning his wait to make his debut continues.
Midfielder Craig Disley also needs to see a hip specialist and will have to watch from the stands, while striker Kris Bright this week left the Greenhous Meadow by mutual consent.
One piece of good news for Shrews is the return of winger Lionel Ainsworth who has missed the last three games due to a groin injury.
Cheltenham are likely to be without Frankie Artus when they get back to action.
The midfielder is a doubt for the Greenhous Meadow encounter having taken a slight knock to his leg in training, but the former Bristol City man is expected to be okay for Tuesday`s rearranged visit of Southend.
Artus is manager Mark Yates` only concern for the clash as his Town side look to play their first League Two match in two-and-half weeks following FA Cup duty and back-to-back postponements.
And Yates told the club`s official website: "You have to be able to cope with the weather. We are very grateful to Cirencester for letting us use the indoor dome for training sessions and we have been at the gym and fitness centre too.
"It`s all about getting our focus back but they`re a good bunch (of players) and, after a break from games, we must prepare properly for this match."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms