Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has revealed that the injury that forced him off against Sunderland on Saturday was just a severely bruised shoulder rather than suspected ligament damage.
The Dutch international’s debut at the Stadium of Light was cut short after he fell awkwardly after pushing away Emmanuele Giaccherini’s shot as Jozy Altidore waited to pounce on the rebound. Stekelenburg, who had earlier made a fine save from Ondrej Celustka’s thirty-yarder, was replaced by David Stockdale for the final fifteen minutes and Fulham were left sweating over the outcome of a scan on the injury.
Stekelenburg has been quoted this afternoon in the Dutch press as saying:
It’s a relief that the injury isn’t that bad. A scan has shown that it is a bruise and it shouldn’t keep me out for too long.
The former Roma goalkeeper is expected to be sidelined for around two weeks, with Stockdale to deputise in goal for Saturday’s home game against Arsenal.