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Bad News – Steve Harper Has Operation – Out For Three Months

Some bad news today that Steve Harper faces three months out of action, after undergoing an operation on his injured shoulder yesterday.

Steve Harper – after a collision with Jermaine Beckford at Goodison Park

The 35 year-old goalkeeper suffered ligament damage in last Saturday’s 1-0 win over Everton, and had successful surgery on the shoulder in London yesterday.

A club statement issued today read:

“Following a shoulder ligament injury sustained in United’s game against Everton on Saturday, Steve Harper has undergone a successful operation on his shoulder.”

“It is likely that Steve will be unavailable for selection for a period of around 12 weeks.”

This means that Steve will essentially be unavailable until next year, but as long as Tim Krul remains fit, there should be no need to bring in an emergency goalkeeper.

But this is a blow to the Newcastle team, and no doubt Newcastle will be making arrangements to bring in another goalkeeper should Tim get injured over the next 12 weeks, as Swede Ole Soderberg, who is 20 years old, is currently Newcastle’s only back-up goalkeeper to Tim right now.

It’s also terrible luck for local lad Steve, who was enjoying his best time ever at the club, after he had faithfully backed up Shay Given for 12 seasons on Tyneside.

Steve was injured in a clash with Jermaine Beckford at Goodison Park last Saturday, in a challenge that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has since said, should never have been made.

We wish Steve a speedy recovery and now Tim Krul will need every assistance he can get from his team mates, coaches  and the Newcastle supporters, to ensure he can do well in Steve’s absence.

It is a great opportunity for the likable 22 year-old Dutchman, who has often said he has dreamed of playing for Newcastle United on a regular basis.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • toonster88

    Sep 23, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #1

    get well soon m8….good luck

  • Penguin PJ

    Sep 23, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Its goin 2b longer than 3 months.

    Hang in there Harps. We wont easily forget you & what you’ve done for the club over the years.


  • davis_toons

    Sep 23, 2010 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Get well soon Harper.

    What a good serving goolie throu the years. Sticking with us from success, downfall to new revolution.

    Rest well

  • leedodd

    Sep 23, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #4

    This Is Typical for Steve after all His Long Term Years he finaly gets The Chance for the Big Time and He gets Injured. Lets Hope he is Back For Christmas . Get Well Soon Son. Kind Regards Lee.

  • gorskino10

    Sep 23, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #5

    No Offense to Steve but he is old and recovering from such a BAD injury may take even longer i would look more nearer to 4 Months or even longer, hope he makes a swift recovery 🙂

  • andysimpson89

    Sep 23, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #6

    That’s a very optimistic view u have there gorskin010!!! Very helpful for steves recovery

    Anyway, good luck stevie and get back asap. The club needs all the experience u have for the 2nd half of the season.
    On the plus side this will be super experience for young Timmy, I hope he takes the opportunity with both hands (excuse the pun). He looks like a quality keeper from what iv saw so far.

  • Alaaaan

    Sep 23, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #7

    Feel really bad for harper, hes been waiting so long.

    Hopefully Krul can step up and solderberg.

    I wanna get tickets for the next match, whats everyones opinion on the best seats? the price isnt to much of an issue just want really good seats.

    I was thinking the milburn stand

  • BeeGuy

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Sad to see a good player injured so needlessly. Seems the EPL should review such stupid challenges and maybe add a suspension for such conduct the next time that player meets NUFC.

    Meanwhile the USA MLS season is nearly complete & NUFC should look for a loan signing of one of them American keepers, since they seem to have that touch of class so often missing with European goalies.

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #9

    get well soon Harps and don’t worry I’ll still want you back between the sticks when your fit again.

  • ksmit

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #10

    So my question is… with Harper out, Fraser away, Krul in the squad, and Soderburg on the bench… is there anyone behind Soderburg to play on the bench in reserve games?

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #11

    ksmit, think if Krul was injured this is where emergency loans come in.

  • ksmit

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #12

    So does this mean that the reserves play without a backup? Or is there a youth player that would step in?

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Just had a look on official site and after
    Ole Soderberg…

    … nowt. Sh*te

  • shearermania

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #14

    can forster be recalled?

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #15

    in January. that’s why rangers are looking at Given

  • cynicaltoonfan

    Sep 23, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Just thought people might want to see a compilation of HBAs performance vs everton

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Sep 23, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #17

    After Soderberg in the pecking order we’ve got the youngster Jak Alnwick. This might give him a chance to shuffle upwards for a bit.

    Get well soon Harps, we need an experienced keeper this season, especially one as good as him.

    At the same time, this is a great opportunity for Tim to get regular games under his belt and show what he can do. Good luck to him, I hope he really shines.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 23, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #18

    I can’t understand our fans at times, we have 1,000’s of tickets left for Sunday, what more do they expect from the team, or is it down to Mike Ashley, are some of our fans so fickle that they can’t just put the past behind them and move on, for the first time in an age, I just sense we are about to win something, I have a feeling that the little man’s about to deliver success, and unlike the bumble bee who flies because no one told it, it can’t. well Mr. Hughton has been told often that he’s not good enough, the difference with the bumble bee, is Chris Hughton just does not believe it. he actually believes he can do it, quietly just gets on with the job & leaves everyone else to eat humble pie. he’s not the finished article, along the way he’s made mistakes, but he learns from then, & as long as he can learn he will carry on improving, those fans that are staying away could miss our emergence. mike Ashley made mistakes yes but they will be nothing to the mistake those staying away are making. I had to get 2 season tickets as I can’t go alone due to ill health. those who are staying away are fools to themselves, they can tell their grand kids they were boycotting when Chris got the first silverware in over 40 years it could be the league cup but what the hell it would be very welcome to me. so i say to those stay a ways, grow up don’t cut off your noses, back the club, don’t be fools. your club needs you.

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 23, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #19

    He is God. and that from an atheist

  • dave 1961

    Sep 23, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #20


    & my pictures of our cheating ref last weekend

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 23, 2010 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #21

    dave 1961, 1,000 tickets? not sold? They will be gone by Sunday. I’m coming across with my lad for the Wigan game. Just hope I can get tickets.

  • G

    Sep 23, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #22

    I think you are probs preaching to the converted dave1961 about the tickets, thankfully the idiots that were shouting about staying away seem to be off the blog by and large. There will be the odd one left round no doubt, but I think most people realise that you cant hurt a man like MA in the wallet. If tickets aint being sold, he simply sacks the people selling the tickets, the hospitality and security staff, thereby staying away only hurts the little man, not the fat man. I am sure they will all be gone by matchday mate. It is nice to see a full stadium at SJP these days. Back to the thread, I hope SH comes back 100%, but I have faith in TK, OS, and the afforementioned JA if nescessary.

  • pearceet

    Sep 23, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #23


    Great vid
    cant wait to sit with a nice pint on sunday at 4 in front of ss1!!!!!!!!!!

  • gorskino10

    Sep 24, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #24

    @andysimpson89 I usually am but for anyone over 30 it takes ALOT longer and i think he is 37 and not the most phycial player being a keeper it :(, i hope its not true and he defys me and recovers even quick than the 3 months they stated 😀

  • baro

    Sep 24, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #25


    I real feel bad for this guy, he finally gets his chance after nearly a decade, and than he gets injured. Can it get any worse for him.

  • Thump

    Sep 24, 2010 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #27

    Aye read about that the other day, shearermania.

    Feel awful for Stevey, like. I can’t see him being better in 3 months – at least not match fit, anyway. He’ll probably play some FA games (or maybe even the league cup final! :D). Hopefully this’ll mean we bring Fraser back and alternate him and Tim between the sticks (I hope so).

    Also – round 4 of the CC draw is on tomorrow at about 12:15pm on SSN – don’t forget lads!


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