Leamington rocked by Morch shoulder injury

Mats Morch faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder.
Mats Morch faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder.

Leamington have been dealt a further injury blow with the news that keeper Mats Morch has been ruled out for ten to 12 weeks with a dislocated shoulder.

The on-loan Norwegian injured his shoulder in training at parent club Derby County on Tuesday and joins Jordan Goddard on the sidelines.

Goddard is undergoing an operation today to repair the broken nose he picked up in the 2-1 defeat at Worcester City last Saturday and is expected to be missing for up to six weeks.

With back-up keeper Liam Maher suffering from a virus and also struggling to commit to training after starting a new job, manager Paul Holleran is frantically searching for a new number one for Saturday’s home clash with Boston United.

“It’s frustrating because we felt Mats was settling down and he did ever so well at Worcester,” said Holleran.

“I thought, that’s him bedded in and then this happens.”

The loss of Goddard will also be keenly felt, with the former Bristol Rovers midfielder just getting back to top form after a previous injury lay-off.

Holleran confirmed he had “a couple of things ongoing” as he bids to freshen up the squad ahead of a tricky-looking home clash with Boston.

However, he said that irrespective of new additions, his side has to improve their concentration levels if they are to arrest their slide down the Conference North table.

“It is another tough game, but it’s like that every game,” he said. “You need to be at it every week.

“The performance last Saturday was good. We looked tidy and nice and solid but then we conceded from two set-plays.

“We need to be fully focused for 90 minutes and only then will we start picking up our rewards.”

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