Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy hopes one of his players can step up and replace David McGoldrick as Town's "hero" for the remainder of the season.

The Championship side's leading goalscorer damaged knee ligaments against Blackpool last weekend and they will need to discover added firepower if they want to sneak into the play-offs.

Ahead of Saturday's trip to leaders Leicester, McCarthy told the club's official website: "It's devastating for Didz himself because he's had a fantastic season.

"It's obviously a big blow for the team as well but we have to get on with it. These are the trials and tribulations you get as a manager, as a coach.

"Someone else has to step up to the plate now and become a hero."

There is the possibility Town could bring in another striker on loan, but they already have Daryl Murphy, Paul Taylor, Frank Nouble and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on their books.

And McCarthy added: "The loan option is there but how can you have a squad of players and when you get an injury, go out and try and bring someone else in.

"I don't think that is right. I want to give those players the encouragement to go out and play and that is what I will do."