Reading goalkeeper McCarthy facing spell on the sidelines with shoulder injury

The 22-year-old took a knock when trying to reach a Djibril Cisse strike last Sunday, and Royals boss Brian McDermott has confirmed he will be out for "a little while"
Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been ruled out of action after suffering a shoulder injury.

The 22-year-old shot-stopper was involved in a collision with the frame of the goal when trying to save QPR striker Djibril Cisse's shot during last Sunday's 1-1 draw at Loftus Road, and manager Brian McDermott has confirmed he faces a spell on the sidelines.

"Alex has seen a consultant, he has a shoulder joint problem and will be out for a little while," McDermott was quoted as saying on the club's official website.

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McCarthy has made eight appearances for the Royals this season, after making his Premier League debut during the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham in September.

His spot in the side is now likely to be handed back to Adam Federici, who was dropped in favour of McCarthy after a number of errors during the early part of the season.