Ross County rue goalkeeper loss but new striker boosts attack

The International break has given all teams in the SPFL for time to regroup, and Ross County are having to be a little busier than most through forced circumstances.

The Staggies’ bright start to the Ladbrokes Premiership season suffered a blow last weekend in a 2-1 loss at home to Inverness.

Further damage was dealt however with first-choice goalkeeper Scott Fox having to go off on a stretcher in the second half.

Fox faces a two-month lay-off, leaving Dingwall boss Jim McIntyre a little short on options between the sticks.

Speaking to the Inverness Courier, McIntyre said: “He’s (Fox) done his ankle ligaments and we will definitely now look to get another keeper in.”

Loan keeper Gary Woods looks set to make the step up, but cover is surely needed for the next six weeks or so.

Trouble at the back however has been countered with a boost up front.

The Staggies have snapped up 23-year-old Dutch striker Alex Schalk after a successful trial period.

The former Dutch U21 international has previously played for NEC Breda before a spell at Go Ahead Eagles last season and McIntyre is looking forward to what Schalk can bring.

“He’s a different striker to what we have,” McIntyre told the Inverness Courier.

“He’s technically very good and looks to threaten teams in behind, he’s got good movement and we think he’ll be an asset.”

County sit fifth in the Premiership after an impressive start and are 4/5 to finish in the top six this season.

Though Fox’s absence is a blow, the Staggies look well poised to maintain that top-half placing.

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