The news that Rob Elliot is out for six weeks with a torn adductor muscle sustained in the match at Gillingham is a real blow. Although not faultless, Elliot has generally been a reliable custodian.
Carl Ikeme has been brought in from Wolves on an emergency loan, but it is not clear from the official web site whether he will be preferred to Darren Randolph. Randolph will, in any event, get his chance in front of the cameras against Northwich Victoria as Ikeme cannot play in this FA Cup match.
The club has acted swiftly, but this does not alter the fact that this is not good news.