Shay Given, Newcastle’s number 1 goalkeeper, who was shown a few times at the game last night, will finally undergo an operation tomorrow in another attempt to cure, once and for all, his groin problems.
Shay Given – everything will be OK after tomorrow’s operation we hope
Ireland’s number one goalkeeper never had any injury problems in his career until he perforated his bowel in a collision with West Ham United striker Marlon Harewood a year last September. He’s never been the same since, and Given will now undergo surgery in Munich, Germany tomorrow.Â We don’t know what procedure he will be undergoing.
Given is expected to be out for six weeks, which essentially will be for the rest of the season. That will not cause Newcastle fans or manager Kevin Keegan too much grief though, since local boy Steve Harper has been in great form for Newcastle since coming in over the last few games.
And last night Harper had yet another good and solid game for the club. Even though that was only Steve’s 103rd appearance for the club, it’s clear that Harper has authority on the pitch, and he’s one of Newcastle’s senior players. Harper is demonstrating over the last 18 months just what a stand-in goalkeeper is for and how important they are at a top club. He’s been just great. 😀
We had hoped that Given would get his surgery over with sooner rather than later, even though there was some attempt to delay that until the end of the season. But we need Given back and ready to go for next season, where he will again have to fight it out with Steve Harper for the number one goalkeeper position.
With any luck, after last night’s draw at Birmingham, and second half exhibition of fight, spirit and guts from the lads, we’ll still be in the Premier League. 😀
It seems like medical opinions, like the wheels of justice, turn slowly, but finally a second opinion has advised Given to have the operation now. We think that’s the right and prudent course, and most of all it’s right for Shay, who has been just a great servant at the club, over the last 11 years.
Fraser Forster – could get a first team run out if relegation worries diminish
The only problem Kevin will have now is if Steve gets injured. Who will we use as the back-up goalkeeper then? Young Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul is out injured himself right now with a shoulder injury, but we think Keegan has every confidence in 19 year old 6’4″ Fraser Forster, who was born in nearby Hexham, east of Newcastle.
Fraser will get his chance in that event.