Yeovil Town may be left sweating a bit this week, whilst they wait on news of an injury to Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici. The Royals Number One appeared to be carrying a knock during the second half of their FA Cup Third Round match against Liverpool, and midway through the second period he was forced off and replaced by Taunton-born Ben Hamer, who is well known by many Glovers fans from his days at Holyrood Community School in Chard.
The issue for the Glovers is that of their own loan keeper Alex McCarthy. Today he was due to play the final game of his loan spell, curtailed due to the postponed League One match at Leyton Orient, but the club had lined up a second loan deal for the England Under-21 international. The paperwork was due to be lodged with the Football League this week, but it seems more than likely that the Championship side will delay any deal until they are more certain about Federici's fitness.
Caretaker manager and former Glover Brian McDermott didn't have much detail about the nature of the injury, but told the BBC:
"I don't know, to be honest. I think he's got some kind of a muscle problem. I don't know, but we'll have to see in the next 24 to 48 hours."
In addition to Federici and Hamer, Reading have got three goalkeepers currently out on loan at League One clubs. Obviously McCarthy is at Yeovil Town, whilst Mikkel Andersen is at Bristol Rovers and Simon Locke is at Gillingham.
Locke is unlikely to be recalled, given that he has never made a Football League appearance, and is only at the Priestfield Stadium to act as bench-warming cover, due to an injury to Gillingham's first choice goalkeeper. That then means that if Federici has a significant injury that the Royals will want one of Andersen or McCarthy back at the Madjeski Stadium to act as cover for Ben Hamer. Andersen has only just signed a 28 day deal with Bristol Rovers, leaving McCarthy as the more obvious choice given the paperwork for his loan deal has yet to be lodged. Reading may not even have the option of recalling Andersen if the loan deal with Rovers is regarded by the Football League as a 'new' loan rather than an extension.
Hopefully Reading will make their position clear during the early part of next week, to allow the Glovers to deal with the situation. As soon as we get any updates on Federici's injury, we'll post updates here.
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