Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis is determined to fill the void left by Fraser Forster as he was stretchered off during the early stages of the 2-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Davis is happy playing second fiddle to Forster - who has kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season - but is ready for the prospect of being in goal for the rest of the season.
He said: "I personally hope that Fraser’s back sooner rather than later.
“He’s a great asset for us and he’s been in fantastic form, so he would be a player that we would miss if he does miss the rest of the season.”
Clean Sheets in the Premier League 2014/15:
Davis has suggested he doesn't prepare like a first choice goalkeeper but that might have to change over the coming weeks for the 38-year-old, though by his comments, it doesn't suggest he needs to make too much of a change.
He added: “I think when you, I suppose, get to a certain level where you understand what your position is, I wouldn’t say that my focus is the same as when you’re playing week in, week out – it can’t be, but it’s a different position.
“You are sort of in touch with the game, but also in a relaxed mode, but also ready to flick the switch as soon as you need to."
The injury couldn't have come at a worse time for Forster, but it presents a great opportunity for Davis to show how much of a capable deputy he can be.
The Saints have prided themselves on their defensive solidity this season, and Forster has been a huge part of that. If Southampton can keep that sort of performance level at the back which has kept them in contention for the Champions League places. If they don't finish in the top four, then European football at St Mary's is on the cards for the first time in 12 years.
Having conceded just the 21 goals this season, Southampton are on course to end the season with the meanest defence. If they maintain that, the chances are that Davis will have done a good job between the posts and softened the blow of losing Forster.