Steve Harper Returns To Training At Newcastle

Good news today for Newcastle – for a change – goalkeeper Steve Harper has returned to training.

Steve Harper shown with Barton and Nolan yesterday

It seems the 35 year-old goalkeeper has been training with the rest of the team for the last few days, and trained yesterday with the squad at St. James’ Park, because the Benton training grounds were frozen solid.

This is what Steve said last night:

“Now I’m just getting the confidence in my shoulder up and testing myself more and more every day,”

“I’m just looking forward to getting back out there and having a game – hopefully they might arrange an indoor match for me.”

“Then I’d hope to be in contention later in the month, after a couple more weeks of getting up to speed.”

After being out of action since he was injured in the first half at Everton on 18th September, it’s as much a mental rehabilitation now as physical, since Steve seems almost 100% fit physically.

Harper continued:

“That’s the thing to work on now,”  “The physical side is 99 per cent there; the last one per cent is the mental side, getting over it, getting used to flying around again, which unfortunately does take time.”

“But hopefully in a couple of weeks’ time, I’ll be back and giving the manager a headache.” “I feel really good. It’s great to be back training after ten weeks of not diving around, and I must pay credit to the fantastic medical staff who have helped me.”

“Firstly, Dr Andrew Wallace, who did my operation and has done a fantastic job, club doctor Paul Catterson, physios Derek Wright, David Henderson and Michael Harding and Simon Tweddle, the fitness coach.”

“They’ve all done a great job for me. I am a grumpy patient – I’d be the first to admit that – but they’ve kept me going and given me fantastic treatment. I have a lot to thank them for.”

So it will probably be about three weeks, getting towards the new year it seems, before Steve will be challenging young Tim Krul to take over the number one position at Newcastle again.

Dan Gosling should be coming through around the same time-frame too.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 8, 2010 at 5:45 AM

    Comment #1

    At this club loyalty has been shown to mean nothing. Only the fans deserve it and we don’t pay them, work with them every day or make the decisions so we wont be really taken into account.

    Who knows if Harps will ever get his spot back or if the new manager will tear the team to shreds and do their own thing.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 8, 2010 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #2

    this three players at the pic are key players for our relegation battle

  • leedodd

    Dec 8, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Harper was No Better Than Krul Before His Injury Why Should Tim get The Cold Seat on The Bench automaticly ?? Also Paul Barron Leaving Us is Not Good news Either.


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