Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll not ruling out loan signing before Thursday's deadline
Bristol City head coach Sean O’Driscoll has not ruled out using the emergency loan window to bolster his injury-hit attack.
But he will have to move quickly if he is to beat Thursday’s deadline for short-term signings.
Football League clubs have until 5pm on Thursday to make loan signings, after which the window will be closed for business until the summer break.
O’Driscoll’s attacking options have been severely restricted by injuries to Ryan Taylor and Jon Stead.
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Taylor is yet to return to full contact training after fracturing his collar bone in January, while Stead could miss the remainder of the npower Championship season after being diagnosed with a torn groin muscle.
That leaves City with just two recognised strikers in Sam Baldock and Steven Davies for the final eight matches of the campaign.
Attacking midfielder Paul Anderson also sustained an injury in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Wolves and City’s squad is being stretched to its limits at a crucial stage of the campaign.
Money is an issue for a club £41m in debt, but O’Driscoll says he will try and add to his squad if the right player is available at the right price.
“There is always potential (for loan signings),” confirmed O’Driscoll.
“I keep saying that they have to be available, we have to be able to afford them and they have to be better than what we’ve already got.
“If we can tick those three boxes, then we will do it.
“But trying to tick those three boxes is difficult at this stage of the season.”
O’Driscoll has ruled out any possibility of recalling teenage striker Wes Burns to bolster his depleted ranks.
City’s Wales under-21 international joined Forest Green Rovers on loan last week and will spend a month with the Blue Square Premier outfit.
O’Driscoll said: “Wes will stay there for the entire month. We have to look at the bigger picture and he is 20th man and lacking in experience.
“He is doing really well at Forest Green and I have one eye on what I have to do this season and one eye on what I have to do the following season.”