KEITH Curle could be faced with another goalkeeping dilemma after revealing Laurie Walker played with a back injury on Saturday.

The stopper, an emergency loan signing from MK Dons, was unable to complete a full warm-up ahead of the game at Morecambe, but played the game.

Curle admitted it was a tough decision but Walker was determined to start, and the Latics head coach felt he did well despite the scoreline.

Walker made some good saves but equally looked in some discomfort at times and, certainly for Morecambe's first goal, was uncharacteristically hesitant to react.

But now Latics must wait to see if there has been any adverse reaction to playing ahead of Tuesday night's game at Harrogate Town, and whether they need to make another emergency loan signing, after Ian Lawlor's season was cut short by injury prompting the move for Walker.

"Laurie's been struggling the last couple of days with a bad back that went into spasm just before the game while he was doing his warm-up," Curle explained.

"It was one of those things that you have to make a decision, but I thought Laurie did well again. He showed the attitude that he wants to be out there.

"We'll see how it settles down. He's got through 90 minutes and he's been okay. He's disappointed obviously that he's conceded four goals, but Laurie doesn't like conceding any goals."

Second year scholar Mackenzie Chapman was named on the bench for the previous three games but Laurence Bilboe was named among the substitutes after recovering from injury so could be an option if the back problem prevents him from playing.

Alternatively, Latics could get another emergency loan agreement.

"We've still got room for an emergency loan if need be but we've got young Bilboe has just come back from injury as well so I think he'll be available," said Curle.

"It (the injury situation among the goalkeepers) is not ideal but I think Laurie got through the game and it's all about him settling down now, resting and recuperating and seeing if he's able to train on Monday after treatment.

"He's a big, strong boy."