Injury worry over Gilks

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MARK Halstead is on red alert for a call-up to the bench after an injury scare for Matt Gilks.

The Seasiders keeper required treatment for a knee problem on the pitch at Nottingham Forest, landing awkwardly after making a save.

Gilks, who suffered a broken kneecap 16 months ago, recovered and went on to keep a clean sheet. However, it has made manager Ian Holloway rethink his policy of going into games without a back-up goalie.

The boss said: “Matt opened up his knee joint a little bit when he made one of those two great saves at the end of the first half.

“He fell to the floor and his knee twisted slightly. It was very sore and I feared the worst, but luckily the pain wore off a little and he managed to keep going.

“It would have been disastrous for us if he’d had to go off. I’ll have a right good think about whether I name a keeper among the substitutes in the next three games. It is a risk not having one.”

Holloway confirmed that Gilks will be fit to face Leeds tomorrow but expect Halstead to be a substitute as a precaution.

If Gilks had been forced off, Alex Baptiste would have gone in goal. Apparently the defender has proved himself a bit of a dab hand between the sticks in training.