Harper Injures Arm In Celebrating Shola’s Second Goal

Steve Harper was injured in the Everton game back on 18th September, when Newcastle won 1-0 and recorded their first away win in the league this season, thanks to that fantastic Ben Arfa goal.

This is Steve Harper – back on 18th September at Everton

We were told at the time that it would be around 12 weeks until Steve could come back,  and that would take us to December 11th, so it seems that Steve is around 5 weeks away from returning, although there was news a couple of weeks ago that he was even ahead of that schedule.

Harper said today:

“I feel good. It will be five weeks next Wednesday, I’m on target for the timescale I was set.” “I’ve got a full range of movement now so I’ve just got to work on the strength and hopefully I’ll be diving around again in three weeks.”

“I see the surgeon again for my eight-week check,  and hopefully he will give me the green light. It’s just getting the confidence and strength in it to come back in December, hopefully nearer the start than the end of it.”

So it appears that Steve can return to training even before the end of this month – and that sounds good.

There was a scare on Sunday as Steve appeared to have injured his arm, while celebrating Shola Ameobi’s great 4th goal, when Shola fired home after Andy Carroll had almost broke the cross-bar with his power header from a beautiful Danny Simpson right wing cross.

Steve revealed what happened:

“I hurt myself celebrating the fourth goal when Shola volleyed it in. While everyone else was jumping around I was nearly crying. I’ll glady hurt my arm celebrating that.”

“I would have loved to have been involved, it was one of those once in a lifetime games. I’ve played in four derby games and haven’t lost, but this was something very special.”

“You could tell by the city afterwards and the fans what they were singing on the day showed exactly what they thought of it.”

It will be good to have Steve back in training,  and it looks like as soon as he’s match fit,  he will return to the Newcastle first team, probably for around the game at Birmingham on 18th December.

By that time Tim Krul will have played 18 consecutive games for Newcastle, and we’ll see if he can indeed keep his place in the side.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • wynsleap

    Nov 4, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Have been a big admirer of Krul but I don’t think he has really grabbed his opportunity and made himself undroppable since Harper was injured. Thought he could have saved the goal against the Mackems with more speed off the mark and more conviction.
    Maybe time to give Forster his chance when he returns from loan.

  • dinosaur

    Nov 4, 2010 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #2

    wynsleap – I agree. Krul hasn’t been at all remarkable, while frasier foster has been getting top drawer experience with Celtic. He’s a true Geordie, Lets bring him home in January!

  • cupiddstunt

    Nov 4, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Don’t be so quick in dragging Forster back, I now live north of the border and I have a pal in Falkirk who has watched him a couple of times and says he is a big lad but does not dominate his box as a top goalie should.

    In his game against rangers he did not impress, he is looking ok against the rest of the league as the standard is very poor, believe me when I say rangers and celtic would struggle to get anywhere in the EPL but the rest of the SPL would struggle to beat the bottom three of the EPL.

    He needs a bit more time yet, celtic and rangers are in Europe every season so he will get some European experience and you will be able to judge for yourself then but don’t be so hasty.

  • BeeGuy

    Nov 4, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Hard to judge Krul as the defense has not left him having to make acrobatic stops. So it is difficult to know if he is the goalie that can win a game as the last man standing. Arsenal could be a real test along those lines as they have a way of finding good, unexpected shots.


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