Steve McClaren watched Rob Elliot hobble off the pitch after the goalless draw with Stoke and revealed that he shouldn’t really have played today.
McClaren says that the third choice keeper has a recurrence of his thigh injury and is almost certain to miss Bournemouth next Saturday.
The United boss says that he is now looking at the emergency loan market for a keeper, with three missing he only has 18 year old Freddie Woodman to call on.
Ironically, Rob Elliot had one of his better matches against Stoke and made one excellent save from a close range header.
In the lead up to today’s game, Steve McClaren said that Karl Darlow was a week or two away from coming back from injury, with the upcoming international break set to give some breathing space after the trip to Bournemouth.
“There is a good chance (of missing Bournemouth) because it is a recurrence of the one that he has had long-term, so we don’t hold out much hope. He just got through that.
“He winced at the end, could have come off, but he wanted to stay on, so he is a major doubt probably for next week. We are just going to assess it now.”
An emergency goalkeeper loan?:
“We are certainly looking at the situation and seeing what we can do because that’s three of our senior goalkeepers injured.”
“We didn’t think he (Rob Elliot) would play and he didn’t feel right this morning but he insisted on having a fitness test.
“We allowed that, he came through it and said, ‘Play me’.”