Pools star set for Edgar Davids goggles

Hartlepool's Andy Rafferty (left) with teammate Scott Flinders during the warm-up before the Carling Cup, Second Round match at Victoria Park, Hartlepool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 24, 2010. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.
Hartlepool's Andy Rafferty (left) with teammate Scott Flinders during the warm-up before the Carling Cup, Second Round match at Victoria Park, Hartlepool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 24, 2010. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial print use only except with prior written approval. New media use requires licence from Football DataCo Ltd. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.pressassociation.com/images/restrictions for full restrictions.

HARTLEPOOL United goalkeeper Andy Rafferty will be fitted with “Edgar Davids”-style goggles as he bids to overcome a bout of conjunctivitis.

Pools were without a substitute stopper during Saturday’s 2-0 win at Carlisle United.

Rafferty has missed the last two reserve-team matches because of the viral infection which has meant he’s been unable to fit his contact lenses.

The problem has began to clear but, should it arise once more, Pools have taken steps to make sure it won’t keep him sidelined for any length of time and the keeper is set to be fitted with a protective mask similar to that worn by former Holland international Davids (right), who suffered from the eye disorder Glaucoma.

“Andy’s still got a problem with his eyes and he can’t put his lenses in, which is a bit of a problem for a goalkeeper,” Wadsworth told SportMail.

“He’s getting some Edgar Davids goggles made so if this happens again he’s covered.

“So it’s something we can do something about it.

“Hopefully he’ll be working again this week.

“But apparently when it’s bad conjunctivitis putting lenses in can ulcerate the eye and we can’t take that risk.”

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