BREAKING NEWS - McCarthy ruled out for the season

Published: 29 Nov 2012 17:121 comment

ALEX McCarthy's season is over after the Reading goalkeeper was told he needed surgery.

Out for the season: Alex McCarthy.

Royals' keeper sustained serious damage to his shoulder when he collided with a goalpost during Reading's 1-1 draw at QPR on November 3.

Now, efforts to repair the damage appear to have failed, with the 22-year-old due to go under the knife early next week.

McCarthy tweeted this afternoon: "On route back home from London, was expecting the outcome with the specialist. Surgery on Monday. My season over! #Raging"

The news is a bitter blow for Reading having made McCarthy their first-choice keeper earlier this season.

Adam Federici will now continue between the sticks, with Stuart Taylor and Mikkel Anderson - recently back from a loan spell at Portsmouth - as back-up.

Federici will now keep his place in the starting line-up this Saturday when Reading host Manchester United at Madejski Stadium (5.30pm ko).

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