New today that Steve Harper will start against Reading on Saturday, having fully recovered from the head injury which forced him off during last weekend’s opening-day draw at West Brom.
Steve Harper - fit again for Saturday
Steve got a nasty knock at The Hawthorns on Saturday, as WBA scored their first goal after 39 minutes.
He was kicked in the head by Shola Ameobi as Shola tried to clear the ball in a goalmouth melee. Yesterday we had though that Tim Krul may have a chance to make his home debut, but in fact Chris Hughton has come out today and said Steve is fit enough to start the game.
The 34-year-old stopper was taken to hospital in the West Midlands for precautionary checks but he was released and traveled back to Newcastle with the squad.
Tim Krul came on in the second half and had an outstanding game for the Magpies with 4 huge saves that kept Newcastle in the game.
Caretaker manager Chris Hughton told Newcastle United TV on Thursday morning that Steve is now fully recovered, and he will take his place in goal for the visit of Reading on Saturday.
“I can tell you that Steve Harper will start against Reading,” “Steve is very much our number one goalkeeper.
“But we are very fortunate to have two excellent young keepers in Tim Krul and Fraser Forster behind him.”
“Tim had an excellent second half against West Brom, but of course we would’ve preferred it if he wasn’t so busy.”
“But that will give him confidence and he will come back on Thursday with a spring in his step after another clean sheet for Holland Under-21s.”
Young Tim Krul did himself no harm last Saturday, and Newcastle fans have already taken to him, because not only is he a great young keeper, but he seems dedicated to the Newcastle cause.
He is certainly one for the future at Newcastle, and that future cannot be too far away.