Alex McCarthy has been one of Reading’s best players this season which seems a little ironic as the club are embroiled in a relegation battle. The club have confirmed he is suffering with a bad shoulder problem which will keep him out until at least one or two months into the New Year and possibly the rest of the season.
He picked up the injury during the club’s match against relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers. It seems to be quite a complex problem which is going to require complex surgery to sort out.
The reason it’s such a big blow to the club is because he was proving himself to be a very efficient goalkeeper. He was able to make good saves, he commands the defence well and he gives the side a solid base to push forward with through the defence, midfield and attack.
“We don't want to put a time frame on it except to say it will be a long time. A decent amount of time,” said Reading boss Brian McDermott.
A good goalkeeper can quite often be the difference in a relegation battle. McCarthy was proving that he is extremely efficient when it comes to making good saves whether the opposition are taking long range shots or whether they are peppering the penalty area with slick little balls in behind the defence.
Fortunately the club have good cover in Adam Federici who is extremely experienced and has played a lot of Championship football. He has filled in while McCarthy has been out injured and looks as though he is going to do a decent job for the club this year so they have cover at the very least.
The important thing now for McCarthy is that he doesn’t let his morale drop because there is a good chance he may not play again this season. He is only 23-years-old so this news could come as a big blow to the ‘keeper who will feel as though he was making progress and pushing to completely cement the number one position as his own.
Reading have worked very hard to get into their current position so they will ensure that McCarthy is treated and taken care of at every stage of his recovery. The club also have a big role to play in terms of support and ensuring that they keep McCarthy in the picture as to his position in the first team and at the club in general.
Had he managed to stay fit then he would have given Reading a much better chance of staying up this season.
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