All three of Raith Rovers’ registered goalkeepers are unfit to play in this evening’s vital league fixture away to Ayr United.
Regular stopper Kevin Cuthbert underwent a sports hernia operation 10 days ago. Recovery time is 4 – 6 weeks. Such is the character of ‘Cat’ that he responded to the club’s emergency by offering to play tonight, even though he has not even had his post surgery stitches removed! However we have a duty of care to Kevin and could not permit that. Aaron Lennox is recovering from two broken bones in his hand and cannot play, while we await the results of an MRI scan on Conor Brennan following his painful foot injury sustained 3 days ago at Dumfries.
Over the last 72 hours we have kept the SPFL fully abreast of developments, but our options were restricted by football regulations and despite the best efforts of manager John Hughes, club officials and agents acting on our behalf, we have been unable to secure the services of another goalkeeper for tonight’s game.
As a last resort, we requested a postponement of tonight’s re-arranged fixture at Somerset Park but this has been refused by the SPFL. Whilst we must respect that decision, we are very disappointed with it. We now have no alternative other than to proceed with what is a vital fixture not only for ourselves and our friends at Ayr United, but also for those other clubs around about us.
More than ever, good luck to the team this evening and in particular to Ryan Stevenson who has volunteered to be our goalkeeper tonight.