Bouzanis out, Cisak in

Date published: 28 November 2012

ATHLETIC are to send out an SOS for goalkeeper Alex Cisak, manager Paul Dickov has confirmed, as the latest show of poor discipline threatened to derail preparations for the FA Cup second-round tie against Doncaster at Boundary Park.

Dean Bouzanis is banned for three matches after being sent off in added time against Rovers last night.

Bouzanis shoved over Iain Hume, who was himself dismissed for two quick yellow cards and will also miss Saturday’s return match.

Bouzanis’s ban means Cisak – who made his Portsmouth debut on Saturday – will be brought back to Boundary Park for the big tie this weekend, as Athletic invoke a recall clause.

Though outfield players cannot be recalled within the first 28 days of a loan, goalkeepers can with the permission of the Football League executive.

Athletic chief executive Neil Joy confirmed he would seek Cisak’s return today.

“We will be getting Alex back for Saturday,” said Athletic manager Paul Dickov, who made contact with Pompey officials last night. It is silly for Dean. There is no need to go and get involved there.”

Cliff Byrne also misses the second meeting of the clubs inside five days through suspension.

The centre-back was booked for dissent while contesting last night’s only goal.

Bouzanis and Byrne’s enforced absences take Athletic to NINE suspensions this season. Only Preston have accrued as many yellow cards (53) as Athletic this season.