Nash KO causes keeper crisis
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Middlesbrough face a goalkeeping crisis after Carlo Nash picked up a groin injury.Middlesbrough face a goalkeeping crisis ahead of their Uefa Cup last 16 clash with Sporting Lisbon, after Carlo Nash picked up a groin injury.
Nash is Boro's number two and was only filling in for Mark Schwarzer who has a knee ligament injury.
The Australian is not expected back for at least a week and so Boro are struggling as Nash is rated very doubtful for Thursday's first leg at The Riverside Stadium.
Boro's third and fourth choice goalkeepers -Brad Jones and Ross Turnbull - are both on season long loans at Blackpool and Barnsley respectively.
However, Turnbull is sidelined for eight weeks anyway with a broken thumb and Jones is struggling with a shoulder injury - although Boro may have to try and recall him.
Next in line is David Knight -who helped Boro to FA Youth Cup success last season.
He has just penned a professional deal and has been on the bench backing-up Nash, in Schwarzer's absence.
Knight and his deputy - 18-year-old Dale Roberts - may now be the only options left open to McClaren, although he is likely to look into the prospect of getting Jones back - although even he has limited experience.
"Carlo is very doubtful for Thursday and as things stand at present we haven't got a goalkeeper for Thursday," said McClaren.
"We will access Carlo on Monday but it's not looking good. As Jose Mourinho once said, we may be best off parking a bus in front of our goal. Maybe we will try that one!"