Gerken ruled out for the season... but McCarthy’s not rushing to sign a goalkeeper

PUBLISHED: 16:39 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:52 09 February 2018

Dean Gerkenis out for the rest of the season. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Dean Gerkenis out for the rest of the season. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Dean Gerken has been ruled out for the rest of the season after having surgery on his hip problem, but Mick McCarthy will only dip into the transfer market if number one Bartosz Bialkowski is struck down by injury.

Gerken last featured for Town against Leeds.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMGerken last featured for Town against Leeds. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Gerken has been dealing with a hip problem for the last couple of months, but was fit to take his place between the sticks for the Blues’ 1-0 victory over Leeds on January 13.

The absence of Gerken has left Michael Crowe as the club’s only other senior goalkeeper but, given he has yet to make his Ipswich debut, McCarthy admitted he could look to sign a stopper should he be without Bialkowski for a lengthy period.

“We’ve lost Gerks now, he’s had to have an operation on his hip and he will be next season now,” McCarthy revealed.

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Michael Crowe during warm-up at Sunderland Picture PagepixMichael Crowe during warm-up at Sunderland Picture Pagepix

“Gerks has had an arthroscopy for an impingement issue,” Town physio Matt Byard added.

“We anticipate a recovery period of around four months which obviously means he will miss the rest of the season.”

On Crowe, McCarthy said: “Michael is our second choice now but he’s not played a league game. If anything happened to Bart we would have to look to get a keeper in from somewhere.

“It depends. If it’s one game or coming on as a sub it’s different, but I’m not sure Michael is going to go in and have 14 or 15 games.

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“As much as a back-up he’s been it’s different when you come in and have to play week in, week out. Especially when we’ve had the level of Gerks and Bart in the nets.”

Crowe, now 22, has spent time on loan at Woking, Stevenage and Braintree.

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