'I'll end Hull City goalkeeper crisis': Fulham's David Stockdale back on Steve Bruce radar after Sheffield Wednesday shock
HULL City boss Steve Bruce will still make signing a new goalkeeper his priority this week – despite Eldin Jakupovic being given a clean bill of health.
A potential goalkeeping crisis for the FA Cup tie at Leyton Orient tomorrow appears to have been averted as the Swiss stopper now looks set to play.
But, having been badly at fault as the Tigers lost 3-1 at home to lowly Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, Bruce will up his search for a new number one again.
Fulham's David Stockdale remains the preferred choice if a long-term loan can be agreed.
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The 27-year-old impressed during his brief loan spell at the KC, and although he would be ineligible for the FA Cup, his situation is still being monitored by the Tigers.
Jakupovic spilled a routine corner into his own net to gift the Owls a late 2-1 advantage before his attempts to rectify the error resulted in a clash with Wednesday defender Reda Johnson on Saturday.
A lengthy stoppage eventually saw him stretchered off in a neck brace and taken to Hull Royal Infirmary for extensive tests.
City confirmed yesterday that any serious injury had been avoided and although he will be checked again this morning, the goalkeeper should yet be fit to face Orient tomorrow.
However, Bruce admits signing a new goalkeeper is now a priority.
"As a club we've had too many goalkeepers over the last couple of years," he said.
"I've said before it's not a healthy situation and we'll look to address it if we can. We'll see how Eldin is feeling on Monday and take it from there. We've just got Mark Oxley back fit and it's always a risky time when you've only got two goalkeepers."
Oxley was handed his City debut as a late replacement on Saturday and became the ninth different goalkeeper used in the Tigers' last 80 Championship games.
The former Rotherham rookie is cup-tied tomorrow, leaving only Jakupovic and youth-team member Joe Cracknell available.
Bruce hinted that Jakupovic will be granted a chance to redeem himself if fit after a previous run of three consecutive clean-sheets.
"He's made a mistake for the second goal, he'll know that, but he's a goalkeeper and sometimes they make mistakes," he said.
"He's been excellent over the past five or six weeks.
"The one thing you want to do when you've made a mistake is to go out and put it right at the first opportunity. Hopefully, he'll be ready."
Jakupovic's mistake compounded a poor team performance from the promotion-chasing Tigers as an eight-game unbeaten run came to a halt.
Although Robert Koren's header cancelled out Reda Johnson's opener, the own-goal capped a nervous performance from the 28-year-old to push Bruce into the market.
The City boss has been linked with Blackburn's Paul Robinson and Nottingham Forest's Lee Camp, but Stockdale would be his preferred choice.
The Leeds-born stopper was back on the bench for Fulham on Saturday following the return to fitness of Mark Schwarzer.