Hull City’s caretaker manager Mike Phelan has just 13 fit senior players in contention to feature for the Tigers in their Premier League opener against Leicester.
Allan McGregor (back), Alex Bruce (Achilles), Moses Odubajo (knee) and Michael Dawson (knee) are all on the long-term injury list while Harry Maguire is a couple of weeks away from full fitness.
Jake Livermore is set to be asked to step in alongside Curtis Davies in central defence while winger Shaun Maloney has been passed fit.
Squad: Jakupovic, Kuciak, Davies, Robertson, Livermore, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Snodgrass, Clucas, Luer, Maloney, Hernandez, Diomande.
Asked if he had a squad capable of competing with the champions, Phelan said: “I would say no, simply because of the injuries – and the injuries are not short term.
“Most of them are longer term than we expected.
“It’s a small squad, but small squads before have worked well together.
“There definitely need to be additions to this football club.”
The task of bringing in new names has proven problematic in the wake of Bruce’s departure and Phelan admitted transfer plans have had to be completely redrawn after seeing a number of targets go elsewhere.
“At the moment it is all purely picking up the phones, speaking to people and trying to find the targets,” he said.
“(We’re chasing) new targets because people we went for earlier in the pre-season have now moved on and gone to other clubs.
“We have to start aagain, I know it’s a short window, the pressure is on now to do some business.”