Coventry City will be without goalkeeper Ben Wilson for at least the club’s next two games.
The Sky Blues ’ second choice stopper suffered a wrist injury a fortnight ago which was hoped to have healed by now.
That has opened the door for highly-rated development squad player Tom Billson, who has been on the bench for City’s opening two games of the season against MK Dons and Bristol City, and handed his full senior debut against Gillingham in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
And the 19-year-old looks set to continue to provide first team back-up for the Championship fixtures against QPR and Barnsley, with manager Mark Robins confirming: “Ben has a wrist injury that’s keeping him out, probably until the end of the month.”
Asked if he’s tempted to dip into loan market for a keeper to provide emergency cover while Wilson is out, Robins said: “If Marko got injured then I’d look to do something but it depends on who’s available.”
That speaks volumes for the faith Robins has in Billson.
“We had a young goalkeeper who had never played before but it was a fantastic debut for him the other night,” he said.
“And he’s not done anything wrong, although what he did he did pretty well.
“He’s not the finished article and what you’re looking at is someone who is new to the game, so it’s not going to be perfect.
“But I don’t think anything is and even the experienced goalkeepers make mistakes as well.”
The Daily Mail claimed this week that City had made inquiries earlier in the summer for West Ham United’s highly-rated keeper Nathan Trott.
The report said City wanted him to push No.1 Marosi but the Hammers want the England Under-21 international, who spent last season on loan at AFC Wimbledon, to be guaranteed first team football to aid the development of a player they see as a future first choice.
But the City manager insisted: “I’m not looking for a goalie at the minute. That’s down the list of priorities I think.”