Fulham manager Martin Jol has said Philippines international Neil Etheridge is set to go out on loan as soon as his number one and back-up goalkeepers return to full fitness.
Martin Stekelenburg, who is Jol’s first choice custodian at the moment, suffered a shoulder injury in his debut match after clashing with Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore.
Stekelenburg was replaced by David Stockdale, who has also been suffering with a thumb problem.
Due the bleak outlook of his situation, Jol has stated he will allow Etheridge to go out on loan only when his squad has adequate depth in the goalkeeping department.
“We can't put anyone on loan at the moment, but maybe that will change [and] Neil could go to a lower league club,” Jol said to the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicles.
Etheridge was previously on loan to Bristol Rovers last season, where he made 12 appearances for the League Two side.
However, the 23-year-old was recalled back to Fulham following speculation that reserve goalkeeper Stockdale was set to move, leaving Jol with first-choice Mark Schwarzer as his only senior goalkeeper then. Schwarzer has since moved to Chelsea.