Gerken injury could force McCarthy into the transfer market

Goalkeeper Dean Gerken is struggling with a hip injury. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Goalkeeper Dean Gerken is struggling with a hip injury. Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

Mick McCarthy has admitted he could dip into the transfer market for goalkeeping cover due to ongoing concerns over Dean Gerken’s hip injury.

The Town back-up missed the games with Middlesbrough and Reading as he continues to deal with the problem, with youngster Michael Crowe taking his place on the bench behind Bartosz Bialkowski.

Gerken will again be absent when Town face Wolves this weekend, with McCarthy admitting his continued absence could lead to a January addition.

MORE: Skuse a doubt for Wolves visit with ankle trouble“It’s rumbling on, unfortunately, so he won’t be involved on Saturday,” McCarthy said.“We’ll have to look to recruit, I’m pretty much certain of that.“Gerks, hopefully, doesn’t need any intervention at all but when the window shuts you are pretty much doing a balancing act all the time.MORE: Four festive crackers in just 11 days... so how will the Blues get on?

“Michael is training well but I still think we will need to look for another goalkeeper.”

Gerken's injury leaves Michael Crowe as the primary back-up to Bartosz Bialkowski.

Gerken's injury leaves Michael Crowe as the primary back-up to Bartosz Bialkowski.

Gerken has played twice for the Blues this season, both in the Carabao Cup, while Crowe is yet to make his Ipswich debut but has spent productive spells on loan at Stevenage, Woking and Braintree.


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