MANAGER Ronnie Moore added another loan signing to the squad on Friday when midfielder Paul Corry arrived on a month-long deal from Sheffield Wednesday.
Irishman Corry has been recruited because Tranmere are concerned that skipper James Wallace, who has been sidelined since early December with knee ligament damage, may require an operation.
If a specialist confirms this week that Wallace does need surgery, the 21-year-old is liable to miss the remainder of the season.
Corry, who has half a dozen Championship appearances for Sheffield Wednesday under his belt this season, made his Tranmere debut as a substitute in the final 20 minutes of Friday’s defeat to Shrewsbury.
He may well be given a starting role against Swindon because Palmer will be beginning a three-match suspension.
Manager Moore said: “I think Paul can give us what we are looking for. Even coming on as a substitute on Friday you could see he can get on the ball and make time. He needs strengthening up and toughening up. Once he gets that he is going to be a very good player.”
Palmer’s dismissal, a straight red for a tackle on Joe Jacobsson, reduced Tranmere to 10 men for the second home game in succession. Striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was dismissed in the first half of the 1-0 defeat to Carlisle United and completes his three-match suspension tomorrow.
As in the Carlisle game, Tranmere conceded the first goal to Shrewsbury soon after the sending off, with a mistake by goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams gifting a 10th minute opener to Chris Porter.
Michael O’Halloran said: “The sending off killed us. It was an uphill task from there.”