Tim Krul is ruled out for the next two or three matches with an elbow injury picked up on duty with Holland, and it looks like veteran 37 year-old goalkeeper Steve Harper will be in the nets on Monday night at Everton.
Steve Harper – likely to play on Monday night
Notice that Tim is said top be out for the next two or three games, according to manager Alan Pardew in his press conference last week, but since we’ll be playing two games a week for quite a few weeks, that’s no necessarily two to three weeks out, as has been reported in some quarters.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today about Steve Harper:
“In terms of Steve’s character, he’s a strong character – he’s certainly played in more European and Premier League games than I have, so he’s got vast experience and we’re going to need that in this period.”
“Bringing Steve in might counteract the loss of Coloccini. He’s important in the dressing room, he’s seen the situations arise and knows what to do and what not to do, when you’re either winning or losing. That experience will be very important.”
“I think Steve was a bit unlucky last year. He obviously missed out on getting the number one shirt when it was up for grabs at the start of the season. I think that was a disappointment to him, then he got injuries but he has come back with renewed vigour to play and I think that’s important.”
“In training he’s been as good as I’ve seen him since I’ve been here and there’s every chance he will play against Everton. We still have Rob Elliot as well, who unfortunately got injured and has only just returned.”
Steve Harper has made a bit of a comeback at Newcastle this season, when it looked over the summer that he could move on to some other club, after spending a brief time at Brighton on loan earlier this year.
But it seems he has come back determined, and at least as far as Alan Pardew is concerned, performing very well in training, and Steve certainly looked confident and good in the pre-season games.
Steve Harper has also been linked with a future at Birmingham City with Lee Clark, as part of his coaching staff, but before that happens we’d like to see Steve offered a coaching role at Newcastle, a club he joined 19 years ago from Seaham Red Star.
It seems Rob Elliot is now the number three goalkeeper at the club, and that Steve Harper will be playing games in Europe this season for Newcastle, even after Tim Krul returns to the side.
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