SAM Collins admits losing Hartlepool United winger Jack Compton for three months with a knee injury is a “blow”.
But the caretaker boss is confident his Pools squad has enough about them to cope with Compton’s absence from the side.
The 26-year-old has had a knee operation which will keep him out of action until the New Year.
Scans on his injured knee showed a tear to the lateral meniscus and he need surgery to repair the problem.
Compton took to social media site Twitter to reveal that the operation went well and that he is targeting a return in January.
Pools, who are playing a new-look 4-3-3 formation, beat Exeter City 2-1 away on Saturday to lift them up to 21st in Sky Bet League Two.
The caretaker boss is confident Pools can cope without Compton as long as they maintain a high level of performance.
Collins told SportMail: “Jack will be out a few months, which is blow.
“But if we play like we did [on Saturday] then we will be okay.”
The Sky Bet League Two club is already low on numbers and could have done without losing Compton for a long period.
He hobbled off just before half-time in the recent match with Portsmouth at Victoria Park and missed the matches against Carlisle United and Sheffield United, in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy before undergoing surgery.