Derek Hopeful on Kyle

PILGRIM gaffer Derek Adams is hopeful that goalkeeper Kyle Letheren will be fit for Saturday’s Sky Bet League One Game against Luton, following his late substitution due to a groin problem at Sunderland last weekend.

“I didn’t think it was too serious on Saturday, he felt a tightness in his groin, so we’re very hopeful that he will be able to play,” said Derek.

Welsh stopper Letheren, in his second spell at Home Park, initially came into the side against Burton Albion in the Greens’ final game of 2018, deputising for Matt Macey, who was sidelined with a dead leg. Positive performances since then, from Kyle individually and the team as a collective, have seen the goalkeeper retain his place in the starting eleven.

“He’s put in some good performances, like the whole team have, and it’s allowed us to move up the league,” said Derek.

It was, unfortunately, a similar story for Kyle last season, when he was thrust into the action during Argyle’s well-documented goalkeeping crisis. He had appeared to secure the jersey before a muscle injury sustained at Blackburn, very similar in nature to Joel Grant’s injury this campaign, ruled him out of action. Derek remains upbeat about Kyle’s chances for the remainder of this campaign, though.

“He’s progressing well, so hopefully that will be fine,” said Derek. “He’s had an ultrasound scan, the damage is not too serious, which is beneficial to all of us.”

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