Some bad news today that Steve Harper faces three months out of action, after undergoing an operation on his injured shoulder yesterday.
Steve Harper – after a collision with Jermaine Beckford at Goodison Park
The 35 year-old goalkeeper suffered ligament damage in last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Everton, and had successful surgery on the shoulder in London yesterday.
A club statement issued today read:
“Following a shoulder ligament injury sustained in United’s game against Everton on Saturday, Steve Harper has undergone a successful operation on his shoulder.”
“It is likely that Steve will be unavailable for selection for a period of around 12 weeks.”
This means that Steve will essentially be unavailable until next year, but as long as Tim Krul remains fit, there should be no need to bring in an emergency goalkeeper.
But this is a blow to the Newcastle team, and no doubt Newcastle will be making arrangements to bring in another goalkeeper should Tim get injured over the next 12 weeks, as Swede Ole Soderberg, who is 20 years old, is currently Newcastle’s only back-up goalkeeper to Tim right now.
It’s also terrible luck for local lad Steve, who was enjoying his best time ever at the club, after he had faithfully backed up Shay Given for 12 seasons on Tyneside.
Steve was injured in a clash with Jermaine Beckford at Goodison Park last Saturday, in a challenge that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has since said, should never have been made.
We wish Steve a speedy recovery and now Tim Krul will need every assistance he can get from his team mates, coaches and the Newcastle supporters, to ensure he can do well in Steve’s absence.
It is a great opportunity for the likable 22 year-old Dutchman, who has often said he has dreamed of playing for Newcastle United on a regular basis.