Town keepe’s injury blow

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Fleetwood Town boss Graham Alexander is weighing up his options for a back-up goalkeeper with American stopper Brendan Moore potentially ruled out for months.

The keeper is a casualty of Town’s pre-season campaign – hobbling off in a pre-season game last month..

Moore’s misfortune could benefit former Morecambe goalkeeper Andreas Arestidou who was on the bench for Town’s final pre-season friendlies.

He is known to both Alexander and goalkeeping coach David Lucas, having started his career with Preston North End and lives locally.

The 25-year-old is likely to be willing to play a back-up role, having been in a similar position at the Globe Arena and Town are now considering their next move.

With the visit of Southend just four-days away - the opening game of the League One campaign - Alexander’s hand may yet be forced.

But the manager made it clear Moore, who was born in the USA but holds a Swiss passport, had no part to play with Town for the forseeable future.

He said: “Brendan has picked up a nasty injury – he could be out for a while.

“He’s got a fracture of his ankle.

“He came off against Achen, he came off after the goal and unfortunately he’s fractured his ankle.

“It’s not going to be a quick fix.”

Arestidou was released by Morecambe at the start of the summer.

It is understood Shrimps boss Jim Bentley was keen on retaining his services but had his hands tied by tight budget constraints.

And Alexander is more than willing to take advantage of the situation, should it prove beneficial for Fleetwood.

“I know Andreas from my time at Preston and so does David Lucas,” he explained.

“We brought him in to have a look at him and to be involved in training and in the final games.

“It happens in pre-season when players are out of contract and it’s worth looking at these players. That’s the case with Andreas.”

Town’s squad is close to full fitness ahead of Saturday’s big kick off.

Nathan Pond missed last week’s games against Burnley and Getafe as a precaution but could return.

He faces some tough competition at centre half from Icelandic international Eggert 
Jonsson (who made his Highbury debut on Friday in Town’s 2-0 victory over Getafe) and Stephen Jordan as well as Conor McLaughlin, although the Northern Ireland international is likely to revert to his natural right-back role .