Lincoln City have signed 20-year-old full back Shane Long on loan from Reading until the end of the season with a view to making it a permanent move.
Imps’ boss Danny Cowley said: “Shane is an attacking full back who can play both on the right and left side.
“He is real quality going forward but he is first of all a defender.
“We are delighted to have him with us.
“He will add versatility to the squad and gives us various options.”
“I am 99% sure he will be available to play on Saturday.”
The Lincoln City manager added that it was impossible to replace a player like Lee Beevers.
He also implied that the signing of Long could allow Bradley Wood to return to his natural midfield position.