PHIL Parkinson says the mounting injury crisis at The Valley has placed a major question mark over Wayne Brown's proposed transfer to Charlton.

With Jonathan Fortune ruled out for the rest of the season and Mark Hudson also suffering a knock in Tuesday's victory over Crystal Palace, Parkinson has been left with a major defensive headache going into this weekend's game at Turf Moor.

The Addicks boss had been keen to draft in Hull City defender Wayne Brown for a number of weeks but admitted today the transfer is unlikely to now happen, forcing Parkinson to turn his attentions elsewhere.

He said: “We have been interested in Wayne Brown and we have been trying to do a deal for several weeks, but it is still some way off.

“Obviously if it isn't Wayne Brown coming in, we need to look elsewhere and get someone in because of the urgency of our situation now.

“Of course we have other targets and I would have liked to have brought Wayne Brown to the club, but our mind is moving away from that slightly “We have got quite a few injuries. Jonathan Fortune is out for the rest of the season, Hudson is having a scan on his hip and Andy Gray is also having a scan on his hamstring.

“Murty is having treatment today and we will assess his injury tomorrow.

“My main concern is we are short of bodies and we need to rectify the situation quickly as we haven't got a centre half in the club who can play on Saturday.

“By Saturday we certainly need one player, if not two.

“I have never been involved with a professional club where there isn't one fit defender.”

Parkinson also indicated Chris Dickson had boosted his chances of staying at The Valley in recent weeks, even though the striker remains on the transfer list.

The manager said: “We haven't had any enquiries about any of our players.

“Some first division clubs enquired about Dickson but he wasn't really interested in going at that point.

“He has since come off the bench three times and made an impact - he has added things to his game in the last three weeks “Dickson doesn't want to leave, he wants to play.

“It is up to him to take his chance when he gets it and he is far further ahead in our thoughts than he was a month ago.”

But one centre forward who has slipped down the pecking order in SE7 is Svetoslav Todorov, who didn’t even make the bench for Tuesday’s triumph.

Parkinson added: “Todorov just hasn't done enough, it is as simple as that.

“He will be here to the end of the season certainly because we haven’t had any enquiries from anyone else.

“I said to Toddy this week he needs to do more. We know he can finish but he needs to do more in his all-round game.”

The manager also made it clear rumours linking Josh Wright with a move to either Newcastle or Aston Villa had no foundation whatsoever.

He also ruled out offering a contract to trialist Ulises de la Cruz, but added a decision on whether to hand Ishmel Demontagnac a deal or not would be made by Monday.

Some good news for Parkinson is the improving progress being made by midfield duo Therry Racon and Zheng Zhi.

Racon was on the bench for last Saturday’s defeat at Sheffield United, while Zhi could be back next month.

The Valley chief said: “Racon and Zheng Zhi are two quality midfield players that will come back into the side, with ZZ back maybe in February.

“We want them back in the team but we don't want to get them re-injured. Racon is getting closer and closer to a return each day.”

Charlton will attempt to build on Tuesday’s success with their first back-to-back league victories since December 2007 when they visit Burnley on Saturday.

The Clarets have been in impressive form in the cup competitions, although their recent slump in the league has seen them slip out of the play-off zone.

Parkinson said: “Burnley have had a lot of games this season.

“I saw them in the Tottenham game and they played very well, they played well against West Brom but not so well the other night.

“It is a big game for them as well as us.

“If we play with the same competitive edge we showed on Tuesday, we will have a good chance of getting a result against Burnley.

“We played like a team fighting for survival, we had the bit between our teeth.

“Against Forest, Derby and Norwich we probably created more chances, but we showed more resilience in the last game.”