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Dundee United dealt double blow

By Jim Spence

Damian Casalinuovo and Dusan Pernis
Casalinuovo has picked up an injury as Pernis has to wait for his move

Dundee United have suffered a double blow - being forced to seek a new goalkeeper and losing their latest signing to injury.

Striker Damian Casalinuovo, who joined United last week, dislocated a shoulder playing in a pre-season friendly.

Meanwhile, manager Craig Levein is looking to sign a goalkeeper on a short-term contract.

Dusan Pernis has signed a pre-contract deal, but Zilina are demanding a fee to allow him to leave before January.

United had hoped to bring forward the arrival of the 24-year-old Slovakian, but talks with his club have faltered.

Levein lost their own first choice, Lukasz Zaluska, who had signed a pre-contract agreement with Celtic, at the end of the season.

Michael McGovern was allowed to leave for Ross County, while last year's third choice, John Gibson, was freed.

Former Dundee goalkeeper Derek Soutar had been given training facilities but is expected to head for a club in Hungary.

Veteran former Hearts goalkeeper Steve Banks, who is United's new goalkeeping coach, has been the man in possession of the jersey during the pre-season trip to Ireland.

Andis Shala grabbed a double in the latest match - a 4-0 win over Kildare during which Casalinuovo was injured - with Andy Webster and Garry Kenneth scoring the other goals.

It is not yet known how long the 22-year-old Argentinian will be out of action for with his shoulder injury, but it could be a couple of weeks before he returns to training.

It adds to Levein's striking woes, with three front men, Francisco Sandaza, Jon Daly and Kevin Smith, having already been ruled out through injury.



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Sandaza setback for Dundee Utd
07 Jul 09 |  Dundee Utd


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