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Keeper Woe Continues As Cropper Picks Up Knee Injury
Keeper Woe Continues As Cropper Picks Up Knee Injury
Thursday, 15th Dec 2011 16:31

TWTD understands that Town’s keeper woe has continued with Cody Cropper having picked up a knee injury in training and set to miss out on a place amongst the subs when Derby visit Portman Road on Saturday. First-choice David Stockdale was recalled from his loan by parent club Fulham yesterday, while Richard Wright is still injured, although not far from a return.

If Wright isn't considered fit enough for inclusion as a sub, second-year Academy scholar Conor O’Donnell, 17, looks set to take US U20 international Cropper’s place on the bench against the Rams.

Republic of Ireland U17 international O’Donnell, who joined the Blues from his local club Buncrana Hearts in the summer of 2010, recently kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 FA Youth Cup victory over Leeds United at Portman Road but like Cropper, 18, is yet to make a senior appearance.

Boss Paul Jewell has already confirmed that Arran Lee-Barrett will start on Saturday with Wright, who pulled a pec muscle the day before the recent defeat at Burnley, likely to be closer to full fitness for the game at Leicester City on Boxing Day.

The Blues are unlikely to seek - or be granted - Football League permission to sign another keeper on an emergency basis with Lee-Barrett fit.

Two years ago, after Wright was injured at Cardiff, Town were told they couldn't take a keeper on an emergency loan unless they had no fit professional glovesmen.

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bluedragon added 16:46 - Dec 15
bad for ipswich
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roytheboy added 16:49 - Dec 15
Whale Oil Beef Hooked !!
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up_the_town4 added 16:51 - Dec 15
Put Sonko in goal must be a better keeper then centre back
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matty81 added 16:51 - Dec 15
He has come a Cropper!!
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DiamondGezzer added 16:52 - Dec 15
Waiting now for somebody to blame Paul Jewell for this !
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Wallingford_Boy added 17:04 - Dec 15
Don't need a sub keeper anyway.
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saffronblue added 17:08 - Dec 15
Anybody know what Paul Cooper is doing these days? Could do with his class between the sticks.
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PortmanOz added 17:17 - Dec 15
JEWELL OUT
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ITFC4daprem added 17:29 - Dec 15
O’Donnell lookedd very good vs Leeds
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cobbolds added 17:30 - Dec 15
shambles
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nysully added 17:31 - Dec 15
Do we think Clegg remembered to put a clause into the loan deal that Priskin could not play against us on Saturday? Nothing would surprise me with my beloved club these days.....
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Garv added 17:33 - Dec 15
ALB is fine, chances of actually needing a sub goalie? Can you remember the last time we needed one? I wouldn't bother.
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broomfield123 added 17:47 - Dec 15
When was the last time we didn't have a sub keeper
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Tractamatt added 18:26 - Dec 15
Hope someone has started the ball rolling to buy Loach also if we do'nt have a sub goalie dont you think that will be the day we need one.
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Guthrum added 18:29 - Dec 15
Garv - Cardiff, 29th November 2009. Wright was injured and ALB took over. We won that game, only the second victory that season.
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s6blue added 18:55 - Dec 15
i fear a defeat saturday is on the cards again
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Radlett_blue added 18:56 - Dec 15
But Man City were allowed an emergency loan a couple of years ago, despite having at least 2 fit pro keepers!
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cornishnick added 19:19 - Dec 15
I used to be house goalkeeper at school about 35 years ago. I'm more than willing to catch the first train out of Penzance if required
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itfc1981 added 20:15 - Dec 15
Cornish you are more likely to get closer to crosses in Penzance than ALB will in Ipswich.
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broomfield123 added 20:16 - Dec 15
Don't want loach. Look at what we got last time from watford
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Mark added 21:17 - Dec 15
Oh well, O’Donnell on the bench instead of Cropper...as others have written it is rare that a substitute keeper is ever needed, but I always want one to be on the bench just in case.
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Super_Cooper added 21:29 - Dec 15
ME!!!!!!!
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Paulc added 22:26 - Dec 15
nysully - yes there is a clause preventing Priskin from playing on Saturday.

No one to blame here - there was always a chance of a Stockdale's recall - we just have to get on with it - there are bigger issues in the defensive unit to worry about first - like not letting opponents get free near post headers at corners
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tellitasiseeit added 23:24 - Dec 15
Hard luck Cody,hope your injury is not that bad.Could not have happened at a worst time ,with Stockdale's recall. Hope you recover quickly We are a bit weak in the goalkeeping department just now? ALB should be fine but needs to command the back players more?: COYB
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Eireannach_gorm added 23:53 - Dec 15
At least O’Donnell will bring down the average of the team. Great to see Jewell give youngsters a chance ; )
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