Big call to make in keeper crisis

Andreas Arestidou
Andreas Arestidou

Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander has a big decision to make over keeper Andreas Arestidou ahead of Saturday’s big kick off.

Town face Southend in their League One curtain-raiser on Saturday afternoon and currently have only one fit keeper on their books.

Arestidou, released by Morecambe at the start of the summer, has been training with Fleetwood for the past three weeks and featured on the bench in their friendlies against Getafe and Burnley.

And with American stopper Brendan Moore likely to be sidelined for several months with a fractured ankle, Alexander knows he needs to make the call on his keeper cover fast.

Arestidou is not currently registered as a Fleetwood player - a situation Alexander would have to resolve were he to provide backup for Chris Maxwell on Saturday.

“Andreas is still training with us,” said Alexander.

“We have a decision to make before the weekend.

“At the moment we only have one fit, eligible keeper and that’s Chris Maxwell.

“We’re putting our heads together about that now and deciding what to do.”

Apart from Moore, Fleetwood have an almost fully-fit first team squad for Saturday’s encounter with the Shrimpers.

New skipper Nathan Pond has returned to training and will be hoping to lead out the side in their season opener.

Town are short on keepers having released Mason Springthorpe at the start of the summer and allowing Scott Davies to join Tranmere Rovers.