January is always an interesting month for a football fan.

The league start to take some sort of shape and the transfer window opens for the whole month which means teams get their squad finalised for the final push.

Wycombe Wanderers have already been active so far with Max Muller remaining at Morecambe for the rest of the campaign and Dayle Southwell moving to Guiseley this week.

With injuries mounting, boss Gareth Ainsworth is looking to make a couple of signings as well as potentially adding to his backroom staff in the wake of Barry Richardson’s departure over the festive period to spend more time with his family back home in Lincoln.

Ainsworth said: “Baz has left a big hole. Defensively he was a major part of what we do and goalkeeper wise. We are still in contact on the phone but he has left for family reasons and we have got to respect that.

“There are plans to replace him but the transfer window is upon us too which is very important. Myself, Richard Dobson and the staff are working hard now and making sure we have enough to make a challenge in the final three or four months.

“In terms of a replacement for Baz, competence and trust are two big words for me when I am recruiting. Whoever comes in I will have to be able to trust.

“I will have their back and they will have mine and competency do that job and once that person arrives I am sure we will be fine.”

Injuries, especially in defence, are depleting the squad currently with the likes of Michael Harriman, Anthony Stewart and Sido Jombati all missing for Saturday’s crunch game with Colchester.

Ainsworth added: “With Sido, Anthony and Michael out we are certainly looking to bolster the defence at the moment.

“We have been working really hard. We have had a couple of doors shut in our face which will happen because we are League Two and sometimes you have to wait a little bit longer at this level, especially when you haven’t got the other finances that other clubs can tempt you with.

“It is a waiting game. We will see how we on Saturday. Numbers may be slim but I have always said whatever squad we put out we will try and win the game but watch this space as we are trying to bring players in with two or maybe more this window.”

Next up at Adams Park is a clash with Colchester tomorrow and Ainsworth is under no illusion as to how tough the game will be.

He commented: “John McGreal has done an excellent job there. There are question marks around Sammie Szmodics who is rumoured to be going to Bournemouth.

“They have some good players and they have played a couple of different systems this season.

“It will always be a lively one against Colchester with the rivalry going back years to non-league days and I am sure the Wycombe faithful will be behind us to turn around what was a nasty week last week but looking at the league form we have have been very good lately and looking forward to continuing that at home.”