Tomasz Kuszczak: Wolves take former Brighton keeper on trial

Tomasz Kuszczak
Tomasz Kuszczak cost £2.25m when Manchester United signed him from West Brom in July 2007

Wolves have taken former West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak on trial at Molineux, as possible back-up for first-choice Carl Ikeme.

Reserve keeper Aaron McCarey is out until at least January following back surgery, leaving 20-year-old Jon Flatt as the only cover.

Pole Kuszczak, 32, is a free agent following his release by Brighton at the end of last season.

Wolves have also recalled striker Liam McAlinden from his loan at Fleetwood.

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett played down reports that McAlinden's recall was prompted by an injury scare to Nouha Dicko.

Tomasz Kuszczak's finest hour
Kuszczak played a major part in Albion's 'Great Escape' 10 seasons ago. After coming on as a first-half substitute in the penultimate game of the season at Manchester United, Kuszczak helped his team to a 1-1 draw with a string of great saves. It was the prelude to the following weekend's 2-0 win over Portsmouth which kept the Baggies up.

"We're making sure we're as strong as we possibly can be going into a vital group of games against difficult opposition," said Jackett.

"Liam's had a good loan spell, he's got a couple of goals for Fleetwood and he'll increase our options along our front line."

Jackett said Dicko and top scorer Bakary Sako, linked this week with a move to Aston Villa, will be fit for the local derby against Birmingham City in the Championship on Saturday.

Former Albion and Manchester United keeper Kuszczak made 89 starts for Brighton following his move to the Amex Stadium as a free agent in 2012.

"Tomasz is experienced and has been impressive," said Jackett. "He looks good, but we'll work it through to the end of the week before we make a decision.

"I'll speak to the powers-that-be and we'll have a conversation with the player and his agent. We'll see what he wants out of it - he's mainly been a No 1 goalkeeper."

The BBC Sport website will be running a live text commentary of Saturday's West Midlands derby, starting at 11:30 GMT.

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