Torquay manager Martin Ling set to dip into loan market

Martin Ling

Torquay United manager Martin Ling says he will probably be forced to sign players on loan after injuries to Lloyd Macklin and Damon Lathrope in Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Cheltenham Town.

Both players were forced off and will have scans in the next two days.

They add to Danny Stevens and Saul Halpin who are already out.

"We'll have to use the loan market sensibly and we will have to because 22 players is not enough when we need 18 week in, week out," Ling said.

"There's no way Lloyd or Damon will make Saturday's game," Ling added to BBC Radio Devon.

"I think we've got the best physio in the Football League in terms of Damian Davey but he can't perform miracles."

And Ling was left to rue missed chances for his side as they succumbed to a late equaliser from former Gulls striker Chris Zebroski.

"It would have been that final nail in the coffin for them by us getting that third goal.

"It would have made it very difficult for them and we'd probably have gone on and won the game comfortably if we could have got that goal.

"The fact that we missed our chances did give them a bit more confidence.

"It seemed like we might hang on, but they asked enough questions to probably deserve the equaliser in the end.

"We're unbeaten from two games and I did say that the first three teams that we'll play this season will be top half of the table and pushing - in terms of Fleetwood, Cheltenham and Rochdale - but I think we can be there or thereabouts."

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