It’s started again; the Imps’ rotten luck with injuries continues as keeper Carl Rushworth looks set to miss the next three matches.
Rushworth sat out the impressive 2-1 victory at Oxford United on Tuesday evening, with Jordan Wright deputising. Rushworth is on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, and had a solid start between the sticks with two clean sheets in his first four matches. He won’t be adding to that this weekend against Peterborough, nor in next weeks EFL Cup tie at Barrow. He might not even make the home tie with Fleetwood in nine days time, as Mark Kennedy explained in this afternoon’s press conference.
“He should be back in ten days from what I’m told. He should be pain-free quite quickly. I don’t know the extent of his injury with his side, but he’s due back in ten days, possibly earlier,” Mark said in his pre-match press conference. “He should be pain-free fairly quickly, and then it’s down to monitoring what he can do beyond that, which will be down to his pain threshold, I imagine.”
It’s a blow for the Imps, who had look settled at the back in the opening fixtures, but it isn’t like we’re dropping a complete novice in. Jordan Wright played 12 matches at the tail end of last season and is a more than adequate replacement for a short period. There might be a case for recalling Sam long from Boston, although if we did that, it would be the second time is as many seasons we’d recalled Long from a loan spell after only a couple of matches. He recently started his second game for the Pilgrims, keeping a clean sheet in their 0-0 draw with Banbury, and credited with making several brilliant saves.
Either way, City fans will be hoping these early knocks are just short-term issues rather than the long-term problems that dogged us throughout last season. Mark Kennedy’s Imps tenure has started well, five games unbeaten and two clean sheets, it would be a huge shame to see it derailed by the same problems that plagued us last season.