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Argyle 'keeper Luke McCormick faces lengthy lay-off because of finger injury

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

By Chris Errington Chief Football Writer @ChrisErrington1

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Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick suffered a serious finger injury in the game against Mansfield at Home Park

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JAKE COLE is set for an extended run as Plymouth Argyle’s goalkeeper because of a serious finger injury to Luke McCormick.

No timescale has been put on how long McCormick will be out of action, but club physio Paul Atkinson admitted it would be a lengthy lay-off.

More will be known about McCormick’s treatment and recovery after he has seen a specialist in hand injuries on Wednesday evening.

The 30-year-old has dislocated and fractured the ring finger on his left hand.

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McCormick was injured during the second half of the 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town at Home Park on Saturday.

He had his left hand kicked by Mansfield striker Sam Clucas as he tried to grab the ball.

The damage was so severe McCormick could not continue to play and Cole was sent on as a substitute.

Argyle manager John Sheridan was at Home Park on Monday but was unavailable to talk to Herald Sport.

He must be relieved to have someone as experienced as 28-year-old Cole to step in as McCormick’s replacement.

Cole was the runner-up to Onismor Bhasera in The Herald’s poll for the 2012/13 Argyle player-of-the-year.

He will make his 86th appearance for the Pilgrims in their away game against Northampton Town on Saturday.

It is not clear whether Sheridan will make a move to sign another ‘keeper on loan while McCormick is ruled out.

It could depend on the medical verdict on how long McCormick will be out of action.

In the short-term, at least, 16-year-old Andrew Hannah is likely to be on the bench for Argyle against Northampton.

Hannah, one of the club’s academy players, will be 17 next month.

He was an unused substitute for the Pilgrims’ 3-1 win away to Cheltenham Town in August when Cole was absent because of a back problem.

McCormick has started 27 out of Argyle’s 28 fixtures in League Two this term.

The one exception was when Cole played in a 2-0 home defeat by Fleetwood Town on the second Saturday of the campaign.

However, Cole was the ‘keeper for all eight of the Pilgrims’ games in the various cup competitions this season, so he is not short of match practice.

McCormick went to the casualty department at Derriford Hospital with Atkinson after the game against Mansfield to have x-rays taken of his injured finger.

He saw a consultant the following morning, who has recommended the appointment with one of his colleagues on Wednesday.

Atkinson told Herald Sport: “At the moment, it looks like it’s going to be a lengthy process to get it fixed.

“We are not absolutely 100 per cent sure as to how it’s going to be sorted out so, at this stage, I wouldn’t like to say how long Luke is going to be out for.

“We will know more after he has seen the specialist on Wednesday.

“If Luke was an outfield player it would be something we could deal with and he could get on with things.

“But, because he’s a goalkeeper and uses his hands to stop the ball, we can’t just patch it up.

“We have got the rest of his career to think of, so we have got to get it right.”

Atkinson added: “Luke is philosophical about the injury. It’s one of those unfortunate things that happen in football.

“I don’t think there was any malice on the part of the lad (Clucas) when he kicked his hand.

“He came up to Luke afterwards and said he was trying to kick the ball.”

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  • wakeymike  |  February 05 2014, 1:05PM

    Having e-mailed editor re. phishing spam it seems we simply have to report it as such to have it removed. As I did this previously, and it is still present I can only assume that the lady in question must be a relative of either Chris Errington or the editor!! We need to be told why it is allowed ..... Can you all please report such rubbish and question why it is still present on this site

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  • helterfc  |  February 05 2014, 12:28PM

    wakeymike - my apologies. I clicked on wrong thumb. I agree it's time the Herald stopped these tedious postings which are totally irrelevant to information and comments about Argyle.

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  • wakeymike  |  February 04 2014, 3:28PM

    Cheers David...I must add " bolcked sine die" should of course have read "blocked" .... and not a shortened form of castration!! But then again.. Anyway I wonder if a few more actually e-mailed the editor about it whether they might wake up and do something about it. Although most are'phishing aware' these days I do fear that these are still drawing some in. Apart from that I don't want to read their rubbish when I really want to catch up on fellow fans views on what's happening with The Greens!!

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  • DavidofLancas  |  February 04 2014, 2:57PM

    Well said Mike! I'm sick of these trashy emails that the Herald seem to do absolutely nothing about. They are completely irrelevant, unsolicited and dangerous as it could result in your bank account being emptied. I think the Herald is failing in its duty of care to protect us from this nonsense. As for Jake Cole, well, in my opinion he is a decent shotstopper but isn't as good an all-round keeper as Luke. We will therefore suffer in that area, but I don't think it will make any difference in the grand scheme of things this season. Other than wishing Luke well for a speedy recovery I am more concerned about whether he will still be with us next season when his contract runs out. His performances must have been attracting attention from higher placed clubs and they might make him an offer we won't match. That would be a great pity given his history with Argyle.

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  • trots  |  February 04 2014, 11:45AM

    Dazplym, how on earth can you blame Jake Cole for the fact we have had constant relegation battles over the last 4 seasons. I'm not sure you go to games but Jake Cole has been one of our most reliable performers and the reason we were in such a mess and in constant relegation battles has a lot to do with the mis Managment of the club when we were in the Championship. The financial mess we were left in had the effect of 4 years of hell. Jake would, in my opinion, get into most if not all of the other clubs in our league and as Wilf has pointed out its lack of firepower over the last couple of seasons that has caused us issues not our goalkeepers. How long have we been spouting on about needing a prolific goalscorer?? Can't remember much if anything about the need for a new keeper. Yes he makes the odd mistake as does Luke and Joe Hart for that matter.

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  • wakeymike  |  February 04 2014, 11:40AM

    DOH! Blocked me eh! You're hilarious! So I got blocked for saying that my sister sits on our settee all day long watching the telly and doesn't earn a penny.... who gives a ... fig! I then pointed out that whenever a fan gets a little worked up and uses vernacular vocabulary ( which I didn't) his comments are blocked yet we have to put up with this sort of drivel appearing on a regular basis without it having any relevance whatsoever to the debate. These wasters should be bolcked sine die. I then got on with what I was going to say which was to wish Luke good luck ... he'll be missed! For me ,from memories of last couple of seasons Coley did need to be more assertive in his area and more dominating taking crosses ...Hopefully having been training with Luke that part of his game has improved ...What nobody can deny however is that Coley is a super shot stopper and played a major role in keeping us in games in last couple of seasons where we were struggling to survive let alone score!

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  • Dazplym  |  February 03 2014, 10:30PM

    We don't have the two best keepers in the division. McCormick yes, but Cole no. He is constantly frozen to his line whenever a cross come in, doesn't command his area and prone to errors with long distant shots.

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  • WILFWASTHEMAN  |  February 03 2014, 10:11PM

    I actually think that Cole is a very competent keeper so provided he does not get injured I dont think we should panic. The reason we were involved in relegation scraps was lack of fire power up front not a poor defence!!

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  • trots  |  February 03 2014, 10:08PM

    It's a good job then that we have the best two keepers in the league then. Last season Jake was brilliant so whilst it's disappointing to lose Luke I have no problems with jake taking over, I would have a problem however if he got injured as a 17 year old in goal with no experience wouldn't do us any good and more importantly him!! I just hope we managed to bring in another goalkeeper but also a goal scorer as well.

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  • Dazplym  |  February 03 2014, 9:52PM

    That's us sliding down the table then. Jake Cole (despite what people say, is a very poor keeper). Can't be coincidence that for the last four seasons he has been involved in relegation scraps. 21st, 22nd, 21st,21st. We are mid table at the moment due to McCormick. He has saved us a lot of points.

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