Woods to ease Toffees crisis?
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Moyes has revealed Everton may have to turn to a former England international.
David Moyes has revealed that Everton may have to turn to former England international Chris Woods in a bid to ease their goalkeeping crisis.
The 44-year-old Woods is on standby following injuries to first choice duo Nigel Martyn and Richard Wright.
Third-choice Iain Turner is also unavailable through suspension following Saturday's sending off on his Premiership debut against Blackburn and that leaves only 19-year-old John Ruddy as an available alternative for The Toffees.
Despite the loss of three goalkeepers, Moyes is not holding out much hope of being offered special dispensation from The Football Association to sign another one on loan and admits he may now turn to his goalkeeping coach.
"I don't know what they [The FA] will say," said Moyes. "We'll try to bring someone in but the way we have been treated by The FA recently, I can't see them allowing us to do it.
"We might have to put Chris Woods in the squad. We'll have to wait and see if there's any chance of Nigel [Martyn] being fit but, the way it is looking, we could have to turn to Chris.
"The worrying thing is Chris will probably hold out for a massive contract."
Should Woods take part in a Premiership match he will beat the record of 43-year-old former Manchester City goalkeeper John Burridge for the oldest player to appear in England's revamped top flight.