John Coleman says he hopes to add at least one striker to his squad in time for Saturday’s trip to Cheltenham.

With Mallik Wilks returning to Leeds at the start of January and the club agreeing to release Jonny Edwards early from his loan deal, Stanley have been left with just two fit strikers in Billy Kee and Kayden Jackson, something that Coleman is keen to change quickly.

“We’ve got one or two irons in the fire that we will continue to explore,” he said. “We were down to just two out and out strikers in the match day squad last weekend, that’s something that we’re hoping to address before this weekend.

“Going into the second-half of the season I believe that we could benefit from having five strikers in the squad, all pushing for a starting place and trying to score goals.

“There are also a couple of other areas we are looking at, I wouldn’t be too upset if I got in another defender and another midfielder but we are considering all parts of the squad really.”

Coleman also confirmed that Seamus Conneely had undergone surgery on his groin yesterday and is hopeful that he will have his captain back in time for the run-in.

“All being well we could have Seamus back in three and a half weeks time,” he added. “I’m disappointed that we didn’t go for this option [surgery] earlier on, but I know that Seamus was keen to play through it and eventually we’ve come to the point where enough is enough.

“When he comes back it will be at an important time of the season and it will be like getting another player in for us.

“He is a player who epitomises the way that we like to play, he’s calm, likes to get on the ball and play football. But we have some good players who have stepped in the last couple of weeks and that’s a sign of the strength within the squad.”