Dougie Freedman revealed that he would be without his top scorer for tomorrow’s trip to Reading and the FA Cup clash with Cardiff City as a bare minimum.
And the Whites boss is now trying to raise the funds to bring in a short term measure to keep up his side’s unbeaten start to 2014.
“We are still chasing signings for certain positions but it does change things in the shorter term,” he told The Bolton News.
“This is where we needed a bit of luck. We’d rested Jermaine for three or four games while Joe Mason was here and I thought he looked very fresh against Blackpool and Forest.
“My experience tells me we’re going to have to be careful with this kind of injury but getting someone in short term is never easy. Losing him is a big blow for us.”
Craig Davies is also fit to feature in his first game since early November, possibly as a strike partner for David Ngog.
The Wales international has made just one start this season and had been ready to leave the Reebok on loan until Beckford’s injury against Nottingham Forest last weekend.
“Craig did get injured and he was lacking in match practice and we’d thought about a month ago that he could possibly go out and get some games,” Freedman said.
“He’s the sort of guy who needs games but this is an opportunity for him, especially with us playing two strikers recently, which seems to be helping us.”