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James adds to keeper woes

19 May 2009 - 07:45:48

England are facing a goalkeeper shortage ahead of next month's World Cup qualifiers after David James joined Ben Foster on the sidelines.

James will not play in Portsmouth's final game of the season after electing to undergo surgery on a long-running shoulder injury which forced him to miss Monday's 3-1 Premier League victory over Sunderland.

Pompey believe the veteran keeper will be fit for the start of the next campaign should he go under the knife this week and James will now miss the qualifying games against Kazakhstan and Andorra.

He joins Foster on the sidelines after the Manchester United keeper was ruled out for nine weeks following surgery on a ruptured ligament in his right thumb.

West Ham United's Robert Green, Scott Carson of West Bromwich Albion, Blackburn's Paul Robinson and Wigan Athletic keeper Chris Kirkland will all now compete for the number one jersey ahead of the double-header.

Confirming James' absence, Portsmouth boss Paul Hart explained: "He has had a long-standing shoulder injury which needs to be corrected.

"He goes into hospital on Wednesday to have it sorted out. We hope if he goes in now he has a good chance of starting next season.

"He will be out for the summer. David is a very strong-minded person. He has made a decision so he is fit for next season.

"He has weighed it up. It has to be done and there has to be a sacrifice."


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