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Steve Harper Suffers Shoulder Ligament Damage

The only bad news on what was an otherwise great day for Newcastle United, was the  injury to goalkeeper Steve Harper in the first half at Goodison Park this afternoon.

Steve Harper – out for some time

It seemed like Harper fell on his shoulder after a 50-50 challenge from Jermaine Beckford, who was then replaced at half time.

As soon as Steve went down he seemed to indicate to the bench that he had injured his right shoulder.

Newcastle manager Chris Hughon talked about Steve’s injury after the game:

“The only news at this moment is it looks like a shoulder ligament injury.”

“It looks like it will keep him out for a period of time. Any more than that we won’t know until the next few days.”

“I thought it was a challenge that didn’t need to have been made,” “Steve Harper was always getting there first.”

Unfortunately Chris also said in another interview that he could not recall Fraser Forster from Celtic, and therefore if Steve is out for any length of time, Newcastle may have to bring in an emergency goalkeeper on loan.

Presumably the back-up goalkeeper will be 20 year old Swede Ole Soderberg, who has hardly played much for the Reserves side, never mind the first team.

We’ll know the extent of Steve’s injury in a few days time, as Chris says, but it seems to leave a potential goalkeeping problem at Newcastle.

Certainly Tim Krul can deputize for Harper, but if anything happens to Tim before Steve returns, we’ll need another goalkeeper brought in on an emergency loan.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • jonny

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #1


  • carlmc

    Sep 18, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #2

    not good, but im confident of krul stepping in and taking his place, slightly off topic though, this match report off an everton website is very good reading for us geordies!! hell of a result today lads!!!

  • carlmc

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #4

    oh and hate off to CH for having the bollocks to start with tiote and ben arfa, we look like a descent team now.!!

  • carlmc

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #5


  • WesJameson

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #6

    get well soon Steve mate, the epitome of a true geordie legend, sorry Shay but i lost all respect for you, now i hope you rot on that manc bench

    C’mon Tim, get in Son, show us, show the world, what your made of mate

  • rknufc

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #7

    get well soon

  • baro

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Get well Soon Steven Harper. Hopefully he will b bak in action.

  • WesJameson

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #9

    @ carlmc // Sep 18, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    great read mate

  • Thump

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #10

    @WesJameson: Funny isn’t it? A lad from the outskirts of Sunderland is a Geordie legend 😛

    Timmy boy can come in and show us all what he can do, and I only hope that Soderberg can step up to the plate. Shame we can’t recall Fraser, though 🙁

  • WesJameson

    Sep 18, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Thump

    Agreed, mate, heheheh, at least its the outskirts 🙂

    Just hope Tim now takes his chance with BOTH hands, hahahaha, sorry lads thought that was funny 🙂

  • leedodd

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Lets Hope Steve is not out to long – Tim Deserves a Run in the side – he has been with us quite a while now ‘ thank god we didnt let him go out on loan. who decided that Fraser Forster couldn’t Be recalled ?? what a daft Contract that is .
    Lets Just hope Tim Doesn’t get Injured and steve comes back soon.

  • Thump

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #13

    @WesJameson: Wor lass lives just next to Easington, actually.

    She supports the right club too 😉

  • slazberger

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #14

    leedodd – i think when you get a loan fee for a player you automatically cant recall them, as the team have agreed the fee for a set amount of time, that was why man city couldn’t recall hart last season when given got injured.

  • G

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #15

    From the reports I have heard from the academy boys, I think we are alright for keepers boys. Last season Krul didn’t look ready for me, but this season he seems to have matured, and he looked great against the accies. Lets hope that nothing happens to TK, but rest assured, the backups are looking good too.

  • balubas1

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Good that Krul gets the chance to play… too bad that it happens in this way though….

  • G

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Off subject, I see Lee Clark’s Huddersfield are romping in League 1. Looks like he might have the makings of a manager after all?

  • PK-Norway

    Sep 18, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #18

    @ carlmc that was good reading! ;D

  • TheToonKing

    Sep 18, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #19

    I feel sorry for Harps …but it’s an injury we can deal with…Krul is on par with Harps imo and i have seen Sodeberg paly for the reserves side and he also looked very good.

  • baro

    Sep 18, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #20

    That was a great Premier League debut for Tim Krul. He is awesome and a future goalkeeper in the making

  • G

    Sep 18, 2010 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Oh well, at least TK won’t be referring to SH as ‘Lazarus’ as SH had to refer to Given. I’m sure SH will be missed, but TK is an excellent pair of hands too.

  • baro

    Sep 18, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #22




    Jonas———Nolan———-Barton——Ben Arfa


  • punk skunk...

    Sep 18, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Steady on about Krul…He was culpable for out reserves loss this week v chavski…
    He’s a great ‘keeper in the makin’, but he ain’t there yet!..

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 18, 2010 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Routledge for Jonas, like today…

  • Oleg G

    Sep 19, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #25


    You are shooting at your own. This is our team.
    These are the players. Right now, for good or for bad, we need to stick with them.

    You are right that Nolan and Smith are not that great (Barton and Jonas are Better and I don’t agree with what you are saying about them), But they bring other things to the squad, otherwise CH would not kept them, specially not Smith who is on and off (unlike Nolan who was great last season so maybe CH is giving him a chance).

    But relax man, you are taking this to the negative instead of the possitive.

  • Brutooon

    Sep 19, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #26

    time for krul to shine

    Oleg G – too bad Nolan is our Captain and Smith is our Vice Captain. Nolan is an automatic choice by default

    Smith to relegate to reserves!

  • Bucks mag

    Sep 19, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Hope Harper has a speedy recovery, and I’m sorry to be harsh, but it’s a blessing in disguise for me, bar his experience Krul is a better keeper.

    I wouldn’t say Harper’s been at fault for any of the goals we’ve conceded but I think a more agile keeper could have saved some of them.

  • sir_norman

    Sep 19, 2010 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #28

    timmy,its ur chance to make that num 1 jersey as ur own. no offence,but harps hve past it.and if anything happened to timmy,we can always hv mike ashley as our keeper.bet that his XXL tummy can ‘absorb’ the shots 🙂

  • darthkir

    Sep 19, 2010 at 5:16 AM

    Comment #29

    i cant believe that the deal for forster does not include a clause to recall him back?

  • MacToon

    Sep 19, 2010 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #30

    “They came to play football. From the first whistle to the last, they showed more ability,more poise,more guile,more vision,more ingenuity, better technique,more flair,more ambition and, most worryingly….more passion. Newcastle were well worth their win in every sense, and to suggest they came to contain or stifle us is to do Chris Hughton a huge injustice.”

    Takes a deep breath and smiles, we came to play football….. thanks to CH, even though the results haven’t always gone our way we have played some good football 🙂

  • Toon Follower

    Sep 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #31

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Harper, although Krul filled his boots and more on Saturday, watch out Steve!!


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