The shin problem that got worse by the week for shortstop Jose Iglesias this spring will now cost him months.

In fact, based on the findings of the latest tests, the Tigers are now preparing to play the entire 2014 season without him.

At this point, they are still focusing on the internal candidates as Iglesias’ replacement – either Danny Worth, Hernan Perez or Eugenio Suarez.

Barring a trade, a late pickup or a free-agent signing, the Tigers will go with one or two of the three.

It will be one if they decide, which they haven’t, that their chosen candidate has the stamina to handle all the shortstop duties from this point on.

It will be two if they decide those duties must be divided.

But the bottom line is that Iglesias is out, almost certainly for the entire season, and the Tigers — with Opening Day 10 days away — don’t yet know who their starting shortstop will be.

As for landing one via a trade, Tigers’ president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said before Thursday’s game against the Washington Nationals, “we’ve had no big-time serious trade discussions.”

The situation, of course, is a definite setback for the Tigers, who were looking forward to a first full season in Detroit from the slick-fielding Iglesias.

But it’s also a substantial hurdle for rookie manager Brad Ausmus, who said six weeks ago that he’s not a fan of using spring training to evaluate players, but now has to do exactly that — with a time crunch, no less — to find a starting shortstop.