It seems that Steve Harper’s knee injury has finally cleared up, and he will back in the squad for the game at Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
Steve Harper – fit again after knee injury
Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper has missed the last two Premier League matches against Man United and Blackpool with a knee injury, but it will be a surprise if he gets his place back from Tim Krul on Sunday, for the game at Anfield.
Harper was facing an operation on his knee last week, but the good news is that the injury seems to have cleared up, without needing the operation.
After two Man of the Match performances from young Tim Krul, Alan Pardew hardly has a choice but to keep the 23 year-old in goal for Newcastle on Sunday, and the Dutchman has deserved to keep his place.
Of course the last game Steve Harper played for Newcastle, he was also the Man of the Match at Aston Villa, and so in the last three matches Newcastle’s goalkeeper has been Man of the Match – what does that tell you?
Yes, I suppose it says we have good goalkeepers. 😀
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said today that Steve Harper is back in training:
“There’s no problem with Steve. He’s back in training.”
And Alan also said today that both Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling, both youngsters out for most of this season, could be back in contention for the final two games of the season.
That’s slipped a little, at least for Ben Arfa, since he was supposed to be ready for the game after Liverpool, which is a game we can win, at home against Birmingham City.
Ben Arfa – back for final two games of the season?
This is what Pardew said today about hi two young midfielders Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa:
“Hatem and Dan could possibly feature in the last two games. We will see.”
Probably the only main aim for the two young midfielders now, is to get them out on the field for some playing time before the season ends. and they can then look forward to a good pre-season in the summer.
It will also give them both that little bit of extra time to recover from their very serious injuries.
As we’ve said before – they’ll be like two new players for Newcastle next season.