Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies could be set to miss the start of the new season, roversrearguard.com understands.
Davies picked up an injury during training last week and missed the match against Wigan on Saturday. He is expected to miss the start of the season now as well, leaving Luke Pilling and Paddy Wharton as the remaining goalkeepers in the first team squad.
When Davies was injured last December, Micky Mellon moved to bring in Rhys Taylor on loan from AFC Fylde rather than giving Pilling the opportunity to start games.
However, with promotion now secured and Pilling having agreed a new one-year contract in the summer, the Wales under-21 stopper may now be in pole position to start the season between the sticks. In fact, it could be the perfect time for the youngster to stake his claim.
Pilling is expected to start again tomorrow in the latest pre-season match against Fleetwood Town.
However, Rovers are putting the feelers out for bringing in a goalkeeper on loan regardless. If successful, the new arrival would push Pilling for a starting position with young Paddy Wharton continuing as third choice.