Sam Allardyce said today he will not take any chances with his number-one Irish goalkeeper Shay Given.
Given went off against Sampdoria last Sunday with a recurrence of the groin injury which hampered him all last season.
Let’s take a look at what Sam had to say this morning about Shay’s injury.
Newcastle Goalkeeper Shay Given – that groin injury is troubling him again
Sam told the Journal this morning:
â€œHe has gone to see a specialist in London because we want to make sure just how much damage has been done,â€
â€œHe has been for a scan and it doesnâ€™t look serious, itâ€™s just a slight strain.”
“At the moment we only expect him to be out for a couple of weeks, but we wonâ€™t take any risks.â€
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Sam went on:
â€œWeâ€™re happy with the initial diagnosis, but we have just sent him away to get a second opinion.” “He has had a few injuries of this kind recently and we want to make certain there are not going to be any side effects down the line.â€
â€œIt doesnâ€™t look as though it is going to keep him out for very long, so we wonâ€™t look to bring in another goalkeeper as cover at this stage.â€
â€œIf the situation has changed after he has seen the specialist, and he is going to be missing for longer than we first thought, we might have to bring another keeper into the squad because weâ€™ll be a bit short.â€
We wonder who will be substitute goalkeeper on Saturday. We must have somebody available just in case the nightmare scenario happens and Harper gets injured â€“ we all know about Murphy’s law â€“ the worst thing will generally happen. Maybe Sam will put in Fraser Foster.
Allardyce believes that Steve Harper is one of the best back-up goalkeepers in the Premier League and Steve has already played his fair share of pre-season football.
â€œWe are very fortunate to have two excellent goalkeepers here and we have no problem at all with playing Steve at the weekend.”
“He has already shown that he is more than just an able deputy for Shay.â€
We also have no worries with Harper who is certainly getting more playing time these days. But this is not good for Shay to miss the opening game of the season.Â Â What do you think about this situation?
Comments always welcome.