Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Goalkeeper Crisis Hits Cats' Big Match Build-Up

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Goalkeeper Crisis Hits Cats' Big Match Build-Up

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

Sunderland suffered a setback as they prepared to face Championship top scorers Ipswich Town without a goalkeeper at training yesterday.

Thomas Myhre aggravated a side strain in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Reading. The Norwegian was deputising for Mart Poom, who recently underwent surgery on a long-standing knee problem for a second time this season.

Michael Ingham, Myhre's half-time replacement on Saturday, suffered a whiplash injury on Monday, and regular third-choice Ben Alnwick missed the game and yesterday's training on compassionate leave.

"At this moment in time we've got no keepers," manager Mick McCarthy said bluntly. "Michael Ingham's ricked his neck, he's struggling and Ben Alnwick's had a bereavement and he wasn't in the best of shape either."

The goalkeeper shortage led to academy player Trevor Carson playing in last night's reserve team game with Liverpool.

Ingham injured himself on the coach to Monday's reserve game with Bolton Wanderers, though he was able to play for 45 minutes at Leyland before being replaced by 18-year-old Alnwick.

The former Northern Ireland Under-21 international was asleep when the team bus braked suddenly. His neck was said to have stiffened during Sunderland's 4-2 win.

Ingham is out of contract at the end of the season and looks likely to have played his last game for the club.

Given his nervy performance against Reading in what was his first league game for Sunderland, some might wonder if his is a diplomatic injury, but McCarthy was quick to support the player, saying: "Michael Ingham was in no way, shape or form at fault for any of the goals."

If Sunderland were left without a fit goalkeeper they would need special dispensation from the Football League before 5pm today to draft in a replacement on loan. …

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