Harry Worley has been told he will need surgery on an injured ankle and could be ruled out between 12-14 weeks, according to the Hartlepool Mail.
The centre-back made five appearances for the club at the start of the season, after joining from Stevenage but injured his ankle during a reserve game against Burnley at the end of September.
Worley has been back to see a specialist on Wednesday afternoon who confirmed that the bone bruising and ligament damage will require surgery.
Worley will miss the rest of the year and will be hoping to return around the end of February.
Pools boss Ronnie has already found a replacement for Worley and has brought in Middlesborough young centre back Adam Jackson on a one month loan deal.
The highly-rated 21-year-old centre-back has come through the ranks at the Riverside Stadium and has captained the club’s Under-21 side on occasions.
A former England Under-18 international, Jackson was involved with Aitor Karanka’s First Team during Boro’s pre-season campaign before spending time on loan with Coventry City in September.
Jackson will go straight into the squad to face Cheltenham in the FA Cup first round.
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