Steve Harper Back – And Hope For Gosling And Ben Arfa Too

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.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 28, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #1

    He puts the date of HBAs return back everytime he opens his trap. Quit stringing-us-along and cancel any plans for playing him this season. I was expecting a morale boost, seeing his name on the bench this weekend, now you’ve just left me deflated again.

  • bills-son

    Apr 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Ben Arfa’s injury was serious and he needs to be match fit and confident in the tackle – not just ‘fit’.

    Like all of us AP will have wanted him back asap – but I’d rather AP was wrong on the date he plays rather than wrong to play him on that date.

    Strange how the players who talk and work with AP every day express alot of respect for him – but fans who really know f.all about him are quick to criticise.

  • davybtoon

    Apr 28, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #3

    bills-son – spot on mate couldnt have put it better on all points

  • gorskino10

    Apr 28, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #4

    Hope Krul keeps his place bit demoralizing if Harper gets the spot even tho Krul has been MOTM last 2 games!

  • Keano9

    Apr 28, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Its good to here King Arfa and Dan are recovering from their injuries these are two for now and the future.


    Apr 28, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #6

    I think HBA took the spotlight of gosling coming back! Don’t be surprised if he’s as good as HBA!!!!hahaha!!

  • alkinou

    Apr 28, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #7

    gorskino10 I agree with you but on the other hand Harper hasn’t done anything to lose his place in the team. Since we don’t know what happens in training it’s harsh to judge Pardew on that decision

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 28, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #8

    and so in the last three matches Newcastle’s goalkeeper has been Man of the Match – what does that tell you?

    Ed – It tells me we have left him exposed and that’s why our goalies have got noticed, hence the man of the match.

  • craig bell

    Apr 28, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #9

    hope krul plays the rest of the games he deservers it

  • Batey-Nufc

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d rather have Hatem and Dan back at the start of next season fully recovered and raring too go instead of last 2 games, get a few reserve games and pre-season and that should stand them in good sted!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 28, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #11

    yup he does he’s earned his spot

  • marshy

    Apr 28, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #12

    bills-son if you were a newcastle player and wanted a game wouldn’t you praise the manager?

  • ArtyH

    Apr 29, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #13

    bills-son, totally agree with you on ALL points. The only way is to support the team and that includes the manager. O.K I did not agree with the sacking of HOOTS but we have to go with what we’ve got now and thats Pardew.

  • AndyMac

    Apr 29, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Not getting at you in particular Arty but this “We must support the team and the manager” is just bullshlt.

    We support the club, the team and the players. Management have never ever come into my thinking when I support my club.

    Yes I’ll praise Hoots for doing a great job but I’m b@ggered if I have to be told to back this lame duck manager who doesnt deserve to be anywhere near the BPL with his record of failure.

    If we stick with Pardwho for the next two to three years we’ll eventually succumb to relegation because he’ll fall out with players, fans and probably the Fatman too ?

    As for trusting him with a transfer budget – let’s not even go there 🙁


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