It’s really bad luck for 35 year-old Steve Harper to be laid up for Newcastle United, after his shoulder operation, when he was living his dream of playing for his home town club every week.
Steve Harper - out for around 12 weeks
Hughton also spoke of Steve Harper’s 12-week lay-off for the first time today to the local Evening Chronicle:
“We knew afterwards the consequences – we knew it would be a considerable period of time.” “It was just a case of whether he needed an operation or not. It’s a big blow us. The disappointing thing was with the challenge – it was unnecessary.”
But every negative thing is usually offset by a positive (or at least we like to think that), and now 22 year-old Tim Krul will get his big chance on Tyneside, but he has been the first to admit he hoped it had been in more positive circumstances.
Hughton will name 20 year-old Swede Ole Soderberg on the bench in the Premier League for the first time on Sunday, and with Fraser Forster contracted with Celtic until at least the turn of the year, the only other goalkeeprs available to him are free agents.
Of course in Tim gets injured, Chris can then bring in a new goalkeeper on an emergency loan scheme – which is just for goalkeepers.
Manchester City took advantage of that provision late last season, when Shay Given was injured, and Joe Hart was still on loan at Birmingham.
“At the moment we’re still assessing it, and Ole will be deputy for Tim.”
James Perch will be available again after serving his one game suspension at Chelsea for the 5 bookings he received in his first 5 PL games. James has the unenviable record of yet to play in a Premier League game, where he doesn’t get booked.
But it will be interesting to see if James gets his place back, after a good display from Ryan Taylor at Chelsea on Wednesday.