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.