By , March 7, 2014 11:49 am

Crewe Alexandra have played down concerns that they are on loan goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has suffered a serious thigh injury, which would make him return to his parent club Fulham. Etheridge joined Crewe Alexandra only a few days ago on a loan deal till April 13. This is his second loan spell at the club after previously impressing under Steve Davis management. His presence provides a major boost to the team that is currently fighting against relegation after 34 matches of the season. Crewe Alex are 21st in the table of League One clubs.

Davis, though, has argued that the injury suffered by the Philippines international is not as serious as initially thought. This comes as a major relief for the club, who have had to go through a crisis in terms of goalkeepers over the last few months. Davis has been using his third choice goalkeeper prior to the arrival of Etheridge. This is due to the departure of his number one choice during the January transfer window under mutual consent. Etheridge was at the club during November on a loan deal, but it was cut down prematurely due to an injury.

He has now been included in the squad for the match against Stevenage, but this latest injury scare threatened to cut short his loan spell once again. Davis, though, says that it is not too severe.

“Neil came in at half-time complaining about his thigh. He was in discomfort but was keen to continue. We are hoping that the injury is nothing too serious. We will have to assess how he is and will remain in contact with Fulham. We have brought him back in because he is a good goalkeeper. He has played for his country a lot of times and did very well for us in his first loan spell. and has a lot of experience for a 24-year-old,” said Davis.

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