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Andy Lonergan: Ruled out for six weeks
NO GOALKEEPER DEAL FOR LEEDS
Leeds won't sign a goalkeeper on loan after Andy Lonergan was ruled out for six weeks with a finger injury.
The Whites' first-choice shot-stopper suffered the injury in last Friday's 3-0 win at Doncaster and he has now undergone surgery.
Paul Rachubka replaced Lonergan for Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Coventry but he was at fault for the Sky Blues' late equaliser.
Grayson insists Rachubka retains his support and he is happy to start with the former Blackpool man and put youngster Alex Cairns on the bench for the foreseeable future.
"He's going to be out for six weeks," said Grayson to confirm Lonergan's stint on the sidelines.
"He's had an operation on his finger that he fractured on Friday night and it is a blow for the lad because he's been outstanding since he's been here.
"I've got a good, capable goalkeeper in Paul Rachubka who will stand in for him.
"I'm not going to be bringing anybody else in.
"I've got Paul who I trust to play at the weekend and however long Lonners is going to be out for Alex Cairns will sit on the bench."
Grayson had some sympathy for Rachubka after he handed Coventry defender Richard Wood the chance to net in stoppage-time from close-range.
"Goalkeepers are in a position where if they make a mistake they get punished for it and unfortunately that's been the case tonight.
"I've got a goalkeeper I can trust, who won't let me down and he won't let me down again.
"It's just one of those things that happens and it feels like a defeat when you concede so late on."
The Leeds chief admits that he will be forced to bring a goalkeeper in on a temporary basis if he is left with Cairns as his only option between the sticks.
"I'm not going to tempt fate but the most he'll probably play is 89 minutes of a game and then we'll go out and get somebody else if and when required.
"Hopefully that will never be the case."