Steve Harper war injured in the game at Everton almost four weeks ago.
Steve Harper– after receiving his shoulder injury at Goodison Park
Steve damaged his left shoulder when he clashed with Everton striker Jermaine Beckford and had to be replaced by 22 year-old Tim Krul, but the lads still went on to win that game 1-0, which was our last league win as it turns out.
Steve had an operation on the shoulder the following Tuesday, and we were told at the time it would be around 12 weeks before he would be ready again, so that means Steve will not be able to return until mid-December at the earliest.
But we hear Steve is working round the clock to put himself back in contention just as soon as possible, and manager Chris Hughton talked about Steve today:
“You can’t fault his endeavours to get back.” “He’s working really hard.” “Considering the limited amount of work you can do, he’s working hard every day.”
“And Steve has been very good with Tim and Ole.” “He’s been good around the dressing room and at the training ground.” “He has been very good with the younger keepers, but I would expect nothing less from Steve.”
Steve is anxious to return to the side of course, and still sees himself playing in goal for Newcastle for the next few seasons, but he will have some severe competition from both Tim Krul and Fraser Forster to do that.
After Steve finally hangs up his gloves, it would be great if Harper, Newcastle’s longest serving player who has been at the club since 1993, could return to Newcastle in some coaching capacity.
We look forward to seeing Steve ready to play again for the Newcastle first team, before the end of the year.