Workington Reds manager Danny Grainger hopes to add a new signing to his squad before this weekend’s FA Trophy trip to Leek Town.

The unnamed player, who would not be eligible to feature in the trophy game due to being cup tied from his previous club, is being targeted as a permanent addition but could arrive on loan if that is not possible.

“There’s a possibility of one more coming in before the weekend,” Grainger said.

“Unfortunately this week we missed one with other commitments.”

New signings would be welcome for the Reds boss as Millenic Alli has returned to South Shields and is unlikely to be back due to the Mariners suffering from injuries while goalkeeper Alex Mitchell has left the club to seek first-team football elsewhere.

Reds could have done with Mitchell on Tuesday night as goalkeeper Jim Atkinson suffered an injury during a collision with a Tadcaster player but was able to continue.

Grainger admitted that was a relief, not just for the safety of his player but because he would have been forced to strap on the gloves if his stopper was could not carry on.

He said: “I would have stepped in because I’m not going to put any of the lads into a situation that they don’t need to be in.

“Credit to Jim, he strapped it up and I thought he was fantastic again; his distribution was great and fingers crossed it’ll settle down before the weekend, otherwise I’ll have to look at another option.”

Grainger praised Sam Smith and Ceiran Casson after the game, who both picked up knocks and will be assessed in training tonight to determine their chances of playing on Saturday.

Brad Carroll will also be sidelined for three more weeks after being diagnosed with a thigh strain following a scan which Carlisle United physio Neil Dalton and the PFA helped Reds secure.