Leeds United goalkeeper Paul Rachubka has joined Leyton Orient on loan for a month. The loan move comes as a result of the ankle injury suffered by fellow loanee goalkeeper Marek Stech during the draw with Walsall on Saturday. The West Ham stopper will join regular goalkeepers Lee Butcher and Jamie Jones on the injury list, with Rachubka set to go straight into tonight’s starting line up against Wycombe.
The Leeds man becomes the fourth goalkeeper brought in on loan by Russell Slade this season as the O’s have been plagued by injuries to their goalkeepers. David Button and Ben Alnwick both joined on loan from Tottenham earlier in the season; however both suffered injuries during their time at Brisbane Road. Lee Butcher suffered serious injury during the loss to Scunthorpe which has ended his season while Stech became the latest casualty at the weekend. Jamie Jones is yet to return to first team action after suffering numerous setbacks in his recovery from a shoulder injury that occurred during last year’s campaign.
Rachubka began his career at Manchester United, making one league appearance, but has spent much of his career as the number two goalkeeper at clubs such as Charlton and Leeds, as well as numerous loan spells. Rachubka made regular first team appearances for Blackpool in the Championship; however he missed out on a return to the Premier League with the Seasiders due to injury. The 30-year old stopper has made 6 appearances for Leeds this season, but found himself out of favour at the Yorkshire club and subsequently joined Tranmere Rovers on a loan spell from November until January, yet failed to make an appearance.