Given to Have Operation in Munich Tomorrow

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.  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.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Ausgeordie

    Mar 18, 2008 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #1

    whoo a point! I think it might be a time for change in the GK department. So many good youngsters means in a season or 3 we should have a new duo playing. 6’4 forster sounds good.

    Also its great that Martins does not have to score and we all still vote him man of the match! He was looking lost under Sam but I think hell will do well under Keegan as long as he can get plenty of starts.

  • Rob

    Mar 18, 2008 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Steve harper number 1.

  • AdamCF

    Mar 18, 2008 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t understand why Given hasn’t had the operation weeks ago when it was first detected. This has just pushed his rehab back further.

  • Leo Kompany for the Toon

    Mar 18, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    if stevie harper gets injured we might bring back pavel again!!!

    hopefully given can come back as good as he was prior to the horrendous injury.

    but he has to be given the full time to recover, maybe even longer- dont risk playing him this season

  • Macca

    Mar 18, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Hopefully it’ll fix it once and for all. It’s a horrible injury to have you wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Hopefully he’ll be back to his best again after that. Especially seeing as he’s expected to “fully recover” this time. Keegan wanted to hold off to the end of the season and get Shay back in goals but it’s not worth risking him long term especially when you’ve got someone like Harper to fill in. Given has saved us so many times over the last 11 years, it most be killing him having to watch. He’s singlehandedly saved us time and time again, it’s about time the rest of them stood up and acted like they cared just a little bit. It’s their turn now.


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