Tranmere may move into loan market with striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro facing three months on the sidelines
TRANMERE are ready to move back into the loan market in search of a striker, as they face up to losing hot-shot Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro for three months.
Rovers heard confirmation last night that Akpa Akpro, in prime form with seven goals to his name this season, suffered a broken metatarsal when he pulled up sharply after 17 minutes of the 1-0 win at Notts County last Saturday.
Manager Ronnie Moore, who anticipated the results of an X-ray would confirm the fears of physiotherapist Greg Blundell, says he will be on the phone to chairman Peter Johnson to talk about the prospect of reinforcing his table topping squad with another front player.
Moore said: “We were just desperate that Jean-Louis was going to be okay but the signs were never encouraging. We now know he’s damaged the fifth metatarsal in his foot, which will be a three-month job.
“We will have it pinned right away and we will be looking at whether we can bring in another striker.”
Moore says Rovers may look beyond the ranks of young prospects from the top two divisions. He added: “We have a list of youngsters we are interested in but we’re also trying to put together a list of players with a bit of experience, just to see if the chairman might let us pick one of those. When you’re top of the league, the better players who are not getting games with Premier League and Championship teams are more inclined to come down to a club like Tranmere. They think it might be good for them.”
Moore is encouraged by the progress of Andy Robinson, who suffered a hamstring injury in the 3-1 win at Scunthorpe last Tuesday and missed the 1-0 win at Notts County four days later.
He said: “Andy has an outside chance of being ready for a home game against Yeovil on Saturday. Failing that he will certainly be ready for the game at Bournemouth the following weekend.”