Poke faces a lengthy spell out for Torquay United
Torquay United keeper Michael Poke's hopes of returning from injury have been a dealt a setback after his thigh problem flared up again.
The shot-stopper, who picked up the injury on his return to pre-season training, is undergoing a scan this week and manager Alan Knill fears he could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
"He thought he was coming back but in reality the tear is going to take an awful long time to repair," said the Gulls boss.
"We will wait for the results of the scan and then we will have a better idea.
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"It is a setback for him because he wants to be back training with the players, but he just can't at the moment."
Martin Rice has impressed in Poke's absence and will keep his place in the side to face Northampton Town at Sixfields on Saturday.
Knill added: "Martin has been playing well. That's why we have got two competitive 'keepers because if one is injured the other steps in and Ricey has done that really well."
Other than Poke, Knill has no fresh concerns to contend with after Kevin Nicholson recovered well from having stitches in his cheek following a collision on Saturday.
Despite Torquay's unbeaten start to the season ending with a 3-1 home defeat against Oxford United, Knill has been pleased with the reaction of his players in training this week.
Jordan Chappell, who came off the bench and impressed on Saturday, is pushing for a start on the wing, while Elliot Benyon hopes to win his place back after recovering from concussion.
Right-back Dale Tonge is available again after serving a one-match suspension.
Yet perhaps, for Knill, it is selecting the two wingers that can cause Northampton most problems which will present him with his biggest selection headache.
Billy Bodin, Courtney Cameron, Niall Thompson and Chappell are scrapping for two places and Knill was giving nothing away.
"I trust all four of those players," he said. "Jordan looked bright when he came on and he certainly made an impact.
"It is kind of a luxury to have four wingers but we are very fortunate. We have said to them all that we are going to mix it up and they are all going to play.
"They are the energy positions where players need to do an awful lot of running. They are all training well and we will look at the opposition and see which players are likely to do better."
Last season's play-off finalists Northampton are tipped to mount a promotion push this season but have started with two defeats from their opening three games. And although Knill is aware his side are not fancied to get anything on Saturday, he is confident they can spring a surprise.
"We were talking about this the other day in that you can go anywhere in League Two and fancy yourself to win.
"In the Premier League if you are playing Manchester United or Manchester City you are not expected to win and even a two-goal defeat is considered to be a good result," Knill added.
"But anybody can beat anybody in our division. Most people will tip the home team to win on Saturday and no one expects us to win apart from us.
"We have to go up there, be positive and keep our concentration. It really is about us and it will be a tough game for Northampton."