Paul Simpson has talked about the upcoming game on Saturday at Bournemouth and he was asked about the goalkeeper situation with news mainly out of London today that we are looking to bring in Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni on an emergency loan.
But surprising news from Paul is that Rob Elliot is still only slightly injured and they are still hopeful that Rob may be able to play at Bournemouth – although that seems to be taking a bit of a risk with what is a chronic injury for the 29 year-old.
Rob Elliot – injury is still slight
This is some of what Paul has said about Rob and the current goalkeeper situation:
“Rob had a slight thigh strain last week and we had it assessed and it was assessed as a grade one, so it’s not something serious, but he’s had the same injury previously which we nursed him through.”
“We tried him in training on Friday and he said he was fine and he came in on Saturday and it had stiffened up overnight.”
“He was struggling with it and we felt he wasn’t going to be able to play but thankfully with the way the game turned out Rob said he would play and get on with it.”
“There’s been a bit of a deterioration since the game and with obviously the effect of the game and we continue to assess that.”
“He hasn’t trained at this moment this week but we are keeping an eye on him and there’s a possibility we might try him on Wednesday tp see how he is.”
“There’s no point in speculating as to what we might or might not do if there’s a problem – let’s wait and see what happens with Robbie – and if he’s OK then we’ll go ahead with him for the Bournemouth game at the weekend.“
“If not we will look at our options at either the young goalkeepers inside the club or bring somebody in from outside.“
“At this moment in time we are keeping our options open because we are still hoping Robbie will be fit for the weekend.”
It seems we are taking a bit of a risk to play Rob on Saturday, but there are then two weeks before our next game at home to Leicester on November 21st.
We assume if Rob does play on Saturday there will be some bandage or strapping on his thigh in an attempt to help strengthen it for the game.
Maybe he will get help on goal kicks as well just to get him through the game and not make it worse.
What do you think?