Southampton will consider signing a goalkeeper on emergency loan if current number 1 Alex McCarthy faces a squad spell.
Head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed McCarthy sustained a hamstring injury in the club’s 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary’s.
And with Fraser Forster – the club’s second-choice goalkeeper – also injured, that leaves Harry Lewis as Southampton’s only option.
Lewis, 23, has yet to make an appearance in the Premier League, and St Mary’s side’s next game is at Arsenal.
Corn athleticism understands that there are already plans to sign an emergency loan for a goaltender to help fill the void left vacant by McCarthy and Forster.
The full extent of McCarthy’s injury remains unknown and will only become clear when the 32-year-old has undergone a CT scan.
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What did Hasenhuttl say?
The Austrian was extremely critical of McCarthy after Brighton’s Neal Maupay equalized in the 98th minute to snatch a point against Southampton.
“That’s why we couldn’t play (from behind) in the second half, but I didn’t know how difficult (the injury) was,” Hasenhuttl said. “I thought he couldn’t play the long ball so I kept him in goal. If it had to be done again, I would change it. But I couldn’t because I didn’t have the message.
“This is something that we cannot accept. There has to be a message, and then we can make a change. I still had a change in hand, and I can change keepers if need be. Alex needs to be more. professional, and that’s what I missed today.