McCarthy facing striker crisis
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
New Wolves boss Mick McCarthy faces a striking crisis for the start of the new season.
New Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Mick McCarthy heads into Molineux with an injury crisis surrounding his strikers for the coming season.
The former Sunderland boss will not officially take over the reins at the Championship club until Monday, but his first task could be to bring in a new front man.
Caretaker manager Stuart Gray takes the team to Swansea City for the pre-season friendly on Saturday with Tomasz Frankowski the only fit senior forward in the squad.
Leon Clarke is out after suffering a freak training ground injury, while former Wimbledon and Newcastle United marksman Carl Cort is also out despite looking good in the team's last friendly at Tranmere Rovers.
"Carl has had a follow-up appointment with the specialist regarding his knee so I don't think he'll be available for us on Saturday," Gray told the club's website.
"It was always planned as a follow-up appointment after the problem he had last year.
"The Tranmere game was probably the best Carl has played and looked in pre-season but unfortunately we've now got to rest him for Saturday."
The 28-year-old Londoner is confident of making a return to action, but will need to rest to alleviate some of the pressure around the troublesome knee.
"It's nothing serious, we knew three months ago I was going back today," Cort added.
"It was just to go and get the knee drained but it won't put me back or out for any length of time, it's just a procedure really. The knee feels okay at the moment.
"Obviously towards the end of last season I eased up a bit in terms of training to make sure I was fit for games. Now I'm loading it up a lot more, which I want to do, and it has become inflamed."