Sunderland Steve Bruce says he may have to recruit another goalkeeper on loan following an injury to current first-choice custodian Simon Mignolet.
The Belgian gloveman suffered a broken nose in an ugly collision with Emile Heskey on Saturday, and medical staff are now assessing his face for further damage.
Mignolet could yet sufficiently recover in time for Sunderland's next encounter and, if not, Keiren Westwood is considered a more than capable deputy.
However, should Mignolet not make it, further back-up for Westwood is worryingly thin with Craig Gordon also sidelined.
Bruce, then, says may be forced into seeking special dispensation in order reinforce his goalkeeping department.
“Craig [Gordon] is nowhere near [returning] and Trevor Carson is at Bury on loan and hurt his back in the warm-up,” Bruce revealed.
“With Simon we will have to see how bad he is, and if it is only just a broken nose he will be able to have an operation but I would not think he will be available for Manchester.
“We may have to look for special dispensation and maybe get a loan somehow. We will see how it is.”