Blackpool’s week to forget went from bad to worse as Kyle Letheren left the DW Stadium with a suspected broken collarbone last night.
It means neither of the Seasiders’ senior keepers will be fit for Saturday’s crunch clash with Doncaster at Bloomfield Road, after number one Colin Doyle twisted his ankle at Barnet last weekend.
Pool’s only other option at the club is 17-year-old Myles Boney, who only made his debut off the bench last night, but McDonald has no wish to throw him in at the deep end.
Letheren was injured in a collision with defender Luke Higham in the run-up to Wigan’s fourth goal and McDonald revealed the prospects aren’t good.
“It looks as though Kyle may have broken his collarbone, which isn’t good at all,” said the manager.
“It now looks like we’ll have to go and sign an emergency goalkeeper if we can.
“We can’t rely on a 17-year-old. We can’t expect him to start on Saturday.”
McDonald was left cursing his luck after losing two keepers in two games, and the Pool boss revealed he had considered leaving Doyle out of Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Barnet.
He bemoaned: “It’s typical of our luck. On Saturday I thought about playing Kyle.
“If I’d done that, Colin wouldn’t have gotten injured. But you have to take risks sometimes and it’s unfortunate he got a bad injury.”
While Letheren could now be out long-term, Pool are hoping for good news on Doyle, although the weekend’s game looks likely to be too soon for him.
“We still haven’t got the full diagnosis back on Colin yet,” McDonald said. “We’ll know better on Wednesday.”