Shay Given had another of his groin strains on Saturday at Villa Park, but it looks like it’s only a minor strain, and he should be fit for the big upcoming game against Manchester United on 23rd February.
Shay Given should be fit for Manchester United game
Kevin Keegan addressed Shay’s injury today:
â€œWe will have to assess the situation again next week but Shayâ€™s injury does not look as though it is a bad one,â€ â€œIt was an unfortunate one because he did it trying to change direction when Villa scored and he had to come off.”
“We were obviously concerned at first because he was in too much pain to continue, but we are hopeful he will be fit again by the time we play Manchester United next week.â€
â€œI think weâ€™ve got the best pair of goalkeepers in the Premier League, I honestly do,â€Â Â â€œWeâ€™re very lucky to have them. I donâ€™t know every pair of goalkeepers at every club in the division, but Iâ€™ve seen or worked with most of them during my time as a manager.”
“I signed Steve Harper as a young boy and I liked him then and I like him now. He will get his chances, Iâ€™m sure of that. Heâ€™s the sort of guy that, if you had a daughter, youâ€™d be happy if she brought him home to meet you.â€
â€œWhenever Steve has gone into the side he has done well and I donâ€™t think people realize how good he is. That was what our goalkeeping coach Paul Barron said when he first came to the club.â€
â€œ I suppose Shay has just got the edge over him because he has so much experience. He has played so many games, not just with Newcastle United, but with Blackburn Rovers before that and with the Republic of Ireland of course.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve also got a couple of young goalkeepers at the club at the moment, Fraser Forster and a young Swedish lad called Ole Soderberg who has been training with the first-team squad. They are both learning from Steve and Shay, so weâ€™re very well off in that position.â€
There’s no doubt we are well off for goalkeepers at the moment, and of course Kevin forgot to mention our Dutch 19 year-old goalkeeper Tim Krul, who is currently out injured and still on loan at Falkirk, in the Scottish Premier league.
He has had an excellent loan spell in the SPL,Â and when he comes back in the summer we think he’s also be challenging for a first team spot.