The only bad news on what was an otherwise great day for Newcastle United, was the injury to goalkeeper Steve Harper in the first half at Goodison Park this afternoon.
Steve Harper – out for some time
It seemed like Harper fell on his shoulder after a 50-50 challenge from Jermaine Beckford, who was then replaced at half time.
As soon as Steve went down he seemed to indicate to the bench that he had injured his right shoulder.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughon talked about Steve’s injury after the game:
“The only news at this moment is it looks like a shoulder ligament injury.”
“It looks like it will keep him out for a period of time. Any more than that we won’t know until the next few days.”
“I thought it was a challenge that didn’t need to have been made,” “Steve Harper was always getting there first.”
Unfortunately Chris also said in another interview that he could not recall Fraser Forster from Celtic, and therefore if Steve is out for any length of time, Newcastle may have to bring in an emergency goalkeeper on loan.
Presumably the back-up goalkeeper will be 20 year old Swede Ole Soderberg, who has hardly played much for the Reserves side, never mind the first team.
We’ll know the extent of Steve’s injury in a few days time, as Chris says, but it seems to leave a potential goalkeeping problem at Newcastle.
Certainly Tim Krul can deputize for Harper, but if anything happens to Tim before Steve returns, we’ll need another goalkeeper brought in on an emergency loan.