Sam Taking No Chances with Given’s Groin

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:

“He has gone to see a specialist in London because we want to make sure just how much damage has been done,”

“He has been for a scan and it doesn’t look serious, it’s just a slight strain.”

“At the moment we only expect him to be out for a couple of weeks, but we won’t take any risks.”

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Sam went on:

“We’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.”

“It doesn’t look as though it is going to keep him out for very long, so we won’t look to bring in another goalkeeper as cover at this stage.”

“If 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 we’ll be a bit short.”

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 – we all know about Murphy’s law – 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.

Sam added:

“We 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.”

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.  What do you think about this situation?

Comments always welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Stami

    Aug 8, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Shay Given is one of the best keepers in the League! we need him fit. he is very important to our back line, not only for his playing abilities, but for keeping shape at the back! he seems to be vert vocal towards our defenders.

  • apan

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    given is a vital part of our team, luckily harper is as good as well so im not worried, bring on the lads!

  • Andy T

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Well with the defenders we had last season I would have been very vocal too – not sure it would have been constructive though!

  • Alex

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #4

    I hope sam has still got Pavels telephone number.I think we might be needing him again!

  • Dave

    Aug 8, 2007 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #5

    It pays to be careful with anyone’s groin, let alone Shay’s 🙂

  • Ryan

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #6

    For years mister reliable, now this. And after last season you thought it just couldn’t happen again. Well it has, lets just hope he only misses the trip to the Reebok. Harper’s decent but he’s no Given.

  • rich

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    yeah lets hope he gets back to his fitness like he once was, im sure Big Sam will sort him out.

  • Soren

    Aug 8, 2007 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Im confident in Harper as our back up, he’s a fab keeper and is 100% loyal and commited to this club. But it is concerning however with Given. Hope he can shake these injuries off, and get back healthy. But until then…. GO Harper 😉

  • John

    Aug 9, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Going to be a tough pair of gloves to fill. But it looks like the increasing demands of competitive football coupled with niggling injuries are sidlining many top flight goalkeepers, not just Given. I think it is the overall workload, but I hope Shay gets through it.


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