Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is facing a player shortage for Tuesday's clash with Luxembourg after injuries and red cards against Portugal left his plans in tatters.
With an hour gone at Windsor Park on Friday night, O'Neill would have been contemplating a famous World Cup qualifying victory with his side 2-1 up and Portugal having lost Helder Postiga to a red card.
Brunt and Lafferty will now be absent when their team-mates fly to Luxembourg on Sunday morning and O'Neill has other problems to deal with too.
Both were substituted in the second half in some discomfort, while an Irish Football Association official said that Niall McGinn was also nursing an injury.
"We will have to sit down and assess our options," he admitted.
"As well as the red cards the biggest blow is a couple of injuries.
"Wardy is possibly out and Fergie may not be available, so that will give us something to think about."
O'Neill has limited options outside of the squad and appears unlikely to delve into a very inexperienced under-21 pool.
"You have to look at the players that would be available," he said.
Paddy McCourt is an obvious solution to bolster the numbers.
The winger was not originally selected after a disrupted pre-season left him short of match fitness, but he is now in full training with new club Barnsley.
Reduced numbers meant O'Neill was already forced into brave team selection against Portugal.
He pitched 21-year-old MK Dons defender Lee Hodson against Ronaldo at right-back, while attacking midfielder Brunt was deployed as an emergency left-back.
Both selections raised eyebrows, but O'Neill believes he had no real choice.
"They are only gambles if you have got other options," he said.
"It wasn't really a gamble, it was a no-brainer.
"I had one available right-back in Hodson and my gamble was that I played him at right-back.
"I though Lee was magnificent, coming in in those circumstances.
"The decision with Chris came because I didn't want to take energy out of the front six. I could have played him and Shane in either position on the left but Brunty has not played any first-team football for West Brom this season and by his own admission felt he'd be better suited to left-back.
"Those decisions had to be made."