Former City keeper signs for Coventry ahead of Carrow Road clash

Lee Camp of Rotherham United during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, NorwichPicture

Former Norwich City goalkeeper Lee Camp has signed a two-month deal with Coventry City.

Norwich City could come up against a familiar face in Saturday's game with Coventry City after the Sky Blues moved to bring in free agent Lee Camp.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper was previously at Birmingham City and had been training with Sheffield Wednesday to retain his fitness. An injury to first-choice goalkeeper Marko Marosi has left Mark Robins' side short in between the sticks.

Marosi suffered a fractured cheekbone and eye socket in the dying embers of Coventry's midweek win over Cardiff City and was replaced by understudy Ben Wilson deep in stoppage time.

Robins quest for a short-term replacement has seen his snap up the experienced Camp. He has made almost 600 appearances throughout his career, playing for the likes of Derby, Queens Park Rangers, Nottingham Forest and most recently, Birmingham City.

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Lee Camp of Norwich in acti

Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 17/03/2013 Lee Camp of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Camp has also enjoyed two brief spells with the Canaries, arriving on loan in 2006 and then on a permanent basis following his release from Nottingham Forest. He ended up making three appearances for the club after goalkeepers John Ruddy and Mark Bunn succumbed to injury. 

The veteran keeper will go straight into the Sky Blues matchday squad for Saturday's trip to Carrow Road. 

Robins now has a selection headache on who to start in goal against the Canaries this weekend, with Wilson only having made seven appearances for the club.

Birmingham City goalkeeper Lee Camp in action during the FA Cup fifth round match at the King Power

Birmingham City goalkeeper Lee Camp in action during the FA Cup fifth round match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

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“I think you are going to have to wait and see what we do,” Robins told CoventryLive.

“We all talk about goalkeepers being No.1s and No.2s. You are the No.1 when you have the gloves and are starting a game. If you are not playing enough games you end up being pigeonholed. It’s what we do as human beings.

“You are a master of your own destiny really, anyone who is between the sticks and playing sport. And you do what you need to do to be successful and that’s all you can ask of people, to try their best and see where it takes you.

Coventry City goalkeeper Ben Wilson during the Carabao Cup Second Round match at Vicarage Road, Watf

Coventry City goalkeeper Ben Wilson during the Carabao Cup Second Round match at Vicarage Road, Watford. - Credit: PA

“But yes, absolute confidence in Ben. I am just disappointed losing Marko for so long with literally two minutes to go in that game.”

The Canaries will also be without their first-choice goalkeeper after Tim Krul limped out of their 3-2 win over Stoke City in midweek. Michael McGovern is set to be provided with the chance in his absence, with the Dutch international ruled out for three weeks. 

Despite the move to bring in Camp to cover the position short-term, Robins is hoping Wilson can take the opportunity that will fall his way in the coming weeks ahead. 

He added: “Ben will get an opportunity, there’s no two ways about it.

“He has got some good qualities and it’s down to him to stay between the sticks, and that’s not putting any extra pressure on him.

“He’s a really good professional, a brilliant lad with a really good personality and he should be able to deal with it.

“So I am looking forward to seeing how he deals with this situation.”

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