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Friday, 9 August, 2002, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Keegan scraps cover plan
Manchester City boss Kevin Keegan
Keegan has cooled on the idea of loaning a keeper
Manchester City have scrapped plans to cover their goalkeeping crisis by bringing in a player on loan.

Manager Kevin Keegan feared Carlo Nash could be his only fit keeper for their opener at Leeds on 17 August after Nicky Weaver and Peter Schmeichel were struck down by injury.


I think Weaver has got a chance of being fit for the start of the season, so we should be OK
Man City boss Kevin Keegan

But Nicky Weaver's earlier than expected return from a knee operation, and complications in the new transfer system have persuaded Keegan to stick with what he has.

Had Keegan brought in a new face before the newly-imposed transfer window of 31 August, he would not have been able to release him until January, even had all three of his keepers returned to full fitness.

Keegan said: "I don't want to fetch a keeper here and then find Peter is back in another two weeks.

"Then we would have had four keepers, two of which I wouldn't have ben able to play.

"Anyway, I think Weaver has got a chance of being fit for the start of the season, so we should be OK," Keegan told Manchester City's official website.

Carlo Nash could be Manchester City's only fit keeper
Carlo Nash could be City's only fit keeper for the start

The episode has prompted Keegan to call for action from the Football Association to provide exemptions for lower leage clubs who cannot cash in by selling players midway through the season.

Keegan said: "If I loan a keeper the club I loan him from won't be able to loan him again in that season, and that needs to be looked at by the FA.

"We will suffer less than most but it will hurt smaller clubs.

"When we loan out our kids who aren't quite ready for the Premiership and they come back to us, we won't be able to loan them out again."

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