There may be an injury to Steve Harper, and Burnley manager Brian Laws has made a statement saying that there is an injury at Newcastle, which has put a spanner in the works, in their attempts to sign Newcastle 22 year-old goalkeeper Fraser Forster on loan.
Steve Harper – is goalkeeper injured?
Burnley’s Wallsend-born manager Brian Laws, who would appear to carry out his transfer business through the gossip press, which is very unlike Chris Hughton, said today:
“It’s no secret that we are looking to bring in another goalkeeper and I think most people are aware Fraser Forster was our target,” (only because he told everybody who would listen)
“However, unfortunately due to an injury at Newcastle, it’s not possible to move that on at the moment.” “We understand Newcastle’s predicament and they can’t let Fraser leave until they have assessed that situation.”
“We are waiting to see how that develops but clearly we may have to look at alter-natives to strengthen our goalkeeping area with the new season less than three weeks away.”
A more discreet Chris Hughton wouldn’t comment this morning on the situation regarding the Newcastle goalkeepers.
Steve Harper was seen to be excercising his calf during the first half in Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Carlisle United, which could suggest a pulled muscle perhaps.
Tim Krul came on at half-time, but that was probably already planned, and Steve would have hardly played the full game on Saturday in any case.
Steve may not even be injured, but since Laws has made the statement there will be specualtion – I’d hate to have to trust Brian with any secrets – that’s for sure.
Harper is very aware of the challenge from the two youngsters – Fraser Forster and Tim Krul – for the Newcastle number one jersey – and had said before Saturday’s game:
“My sole goal for the next few weeks is to get myself as fit and sharp as possible, and start the game at Old Trafford on the Monday night,”
So this news about Harper could be nothing – and caused completely by the rather indiscreet Brian Laws’ statement.
Oh well – something to write about, we suppose.
Written from Plymouth, England.