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Meet Mark Gillespie, the 30-year-old goalkeeper who’s not played for three years vying with Karius to play cup final | The Sun
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MEET Mark Gillespie, the 30-year-old Geordie that may be tasked with keeping Marcus Rashford and Co quiet during next weekend's Carabao Cup final.
The little known goalkeeper has been at his boyhood club since the summer of 2020, but you may be forgiven for having let his time at St James' Park pass you by.
That's because Gillespie hasn't actually played in a game for the Toon since a penalty shoot-out win over Newport County two-and-half years ago.
At various points he has found himself stuck behind the likes of Nick Pope, Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow.
But with Pope suspended following his red card against Liverpool, Dubravka cup-tied after featuring in the competition for Manchester United, and Darlow out on loan at Hull; Gillespie may finally have an unlikely shot at glory with his boyhood club.
All that stands in his way is blunder-ful former Liverpool keeper Loris Karius – best known for his Champions League final mistakes against Real Madrid in 2018.
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With many assuming that Karius will be the man to play, Eddie Howe made sure to namecheck Gillespie when asked about the situation yesterday.
He said: "Nick is really disappointed, as we are for him. He has been magnificent for us.
"He does not deserve to miss the game but it is what it is. Nick misjudged it and it hit his arm. I think it was harsh and the referee could have given a yellow card.
"We have Loris and Mark who have trained really well this season, Both are fit. Behind the scenes, they play every day. I have no doubt they are in condition to play the game."
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