Good news today as Steve Harper has made a full recovery from his head injury he sustained at WBA on Saturday.
Steve Harper - recovered from his head injury
Newcastle caretaker boss Chris Hughton talked about Steve today:
“Steve is fine. He was waiting for us at the airport on Saturday night and we will assess him this week.”
“We just hope the five lads who have gone away on international duty this week will come back in one piece.”
“Hopefully, we will have no problems for the Reading game.”
And Newcastle United goalkeeper coach Paul Barron has praised Tim Krul after his heroics at West Brom, where he made four top class saves while deputizing for Steve in the second half of that game.
Barron told the Evening Chronicle today:
“When you have to go on at half-time in the first game of the season, it’s not easy.” “I think he had a little bit of luck right at the end for the offside goal, but he deserved it.”
“I thought the very first save he made was an absolute cracker.” “There was another one where he was one-on-one, and a double save from a corner and a volley.”
“He came and caught some crosses, and I thought he did great.” “It was an all-round excellent performance.”
Yet Barron was more than a little concerned when Steve Harper took a boot in the head from his own team-mate Shola Ameobi.
“It’s always a worry when someone gets a kick on the head, but we’re sure he’s going to be OK.”
Fraser Forster, Newcastle’s other outstanding 21 year-old goalkeeper made a losing start to his loan deal at Bristol Rovers.
Rovers were beaten 2-1 by of all teams, Leyton Orient, who put four past Forster in pre-season, but Paul Barron feels it will all be a great experience for the young Hexham-born goalkeeper:
“Getting experience on loan at a Football League side is what it’s all about for Fraser or any other young keeper.”
“It will put him in great stead.”
We are well off for goalkeepers with 18 year old Swede Ole Soderberg also coming through the ranks.
If only we were as well equipped in other positions, because right now of course, we’re not.