Next Game

Birm'ham v Reading

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

McCarthy blow rocks Reading

Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on his shoulder injury.

Last Updated: 06/12/12 at 18:57 Post Comment

Alex McCarthy: Facing long spell on sidelines after surgery on his shoulder

Alex McCarthy: Facing long spell on sidelines after surgery on his shoulder

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

McCarthy underwent an operation in London on Monday after sustaining the problem in the Premier League draw at QPR on November 4.

The Royals had initially hoped that the shot-stopper would soon be back in action after a period of recuperation, but further examinations deemed that it was essential for him to go under the knife.

Reading's head of sports medicine Luke Anthony was reluctant to give a date on his expected recovery, but admitted that they will 'try' to get McCarthy back in action before the end of the season.

Anthony said: "We had an encouraging MRI scan on the Monday after the QPR game, then we saw a shoulder specialist the following day and he was also positive that Alex should be able to recover with a conservative rehab programme.

"But it soon became clear that the structural damage wasn't going to improve without surgery.

"We saw another consulant and, on Monday, Alex successfully had his labrum tissue repaired.

"Understandably supporters will ask how long Alex will be out, and it's difficult to put a time-frame on his return.

"The most important thing is for Alex to make a full recovery and return in optimal condition. If that allows him to return before the end of the season then that is something we will try for."

Royals boss Brian McDermott added: "We don't want to put a time frame on it except to say it will be a long time. A decent amount of time."

The England U21 international started out as deputy to Adam Federici, before taking over as first-choice for Brian McDermott's side in September, making eight appearances before his untimely setback.

Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click here to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Louis van Gaal to decide between Jones and Smalling

Louis van Gaal has revealed that he will choose between Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for the final place in his back four.

David de Gea situation at Man Utd frustrates Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal admits Real Madrid's pursuit of David de Gea is causing tension between the Spaniard and Manchester United.

Mail Box

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company