As feared the injury suffered by Ross County goalkeeper Scott Fox during the second half of Saturday’s Highland Derby was a serious one. Fox will be out for at least two months after suffering ligament damage to his ankle in the 2-1 loss to Caley. As a result County will now be on the hunt for a goalkeeper, even if only for the duration of Fox’s recovery.
In the meantime, first team duties will fall to Gary Woods who is on loan to County from Leyton Orient F.C. until January of 2016. Woods is an experience goalkeeper, having spent four full seasons at Doncaster Rovers along with a year at Watford, and a youth career spent at Manchester United. Woods has apparently looked in training and reserve team matches, so as a short-term fix he’s probably fine.
It does beg the question, however, of who will be County’s back-up goalkeeper for the next few months? Over the past few years the club has had a number of goalkeepers on trial during the preseason so there’s the possibility that they’ve been keeping an eye on one of them should a circumstance such as this occur. Luckily County do not play again until October 16 so if this is not the case there is plenty of time (relatively speaking) to bring in a player, arrange an emergency loan, etc.. If that doesn’t pan out it looks like either Peter Tait or Mark Foden- the goalkeepers on the developmental roster- will be on the bench when County face Aberdeen.