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It’s So Unfortunate For Unlucky Steve Harper

It’s really bad luck for 35 year-old Steve Harper to be laid up for Newcastle United, after his shoulder operation, when he was living his dream of playing for his home town club every week.

Steve Harper – out for around 12 weeks

Hughton also spoke of  Steve Harper’s 12-week lay-off for the first time today to the local Evening Chronicle:

“We knew afterwards the consequences – we knew it would be a considerable period of time.” “It was just a case of whether he needed an operation or not. It’s a big blow us. The disappointing thing was with the challenge – it was unnecessary.”

But every negative thing is usually offset by a positive (or at least we like to think that), and now 22 year-old Tim Krul will get his big chance on Tyneside, but he has been the first to admit he hoped it had been in more positive circumstances.

Hughton will name 20 year-old Swede Ole Soderberg on the bench in the Premier League for the first time on Sunday, and with Fraser Forster contracted with Celtic until at least the turn of the year, the only other goalkeeprs available to him are free agents.

Of course in Tim gets injured, Chris can then bring in a new goalkeeper on an emergency loan scheme – which is just for goalkeepers.

Manchester City took advantage of  that provision late last season,  when Shay Given was injured, and Joe Hart was still on loan at Birmingham.

Chris continued:

“At the moment we’re still assessing it, and Ole will be deputy for Tim.”

James Perch will be available again after serving his one game suspension at Chelsea for the 5 bookings he received in his first  5 PL games. James has the unenviable record of yet to play in a Premier League game, where he doesn’t get booked.

But it will be interesting to see if James gets his place back,  after a good display from Ryan Taylor at Chelsea on Wednesday.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Klatoon

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1

    get wel soon

  • rwpoynter

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #2

    One thing above all else that geordie fans seem to like in their players is loyalty. Steve Harper has given us a lot of that and it is a great shame that he has picked up this injury. He still is in my opinion our best keeper. Tim Krul, I am sure will not let the club down in his absence and will only grow in his performances. All the best Steve for a speedy recovery, from a NUFC fan since 1952.

  • rkw

    Sep 24, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #3

    I know this piece is about Harper and I wish him godspeed back to the pitch, but you did mention Perch, and I have to say, even though Raylor got carded at Chelsea, I’d like to see Perch on the bench.

    We could really use Raylor’s wizardry on the set pieces that HBA is sure to produce.

  • Oba

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Please don’t play Perch, please.

    Out of his depth and R.Taylor done well and is on occasion (see both Carling Cup matches) good from range.

  • Monument Mal

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed: Although Steve is and has been a great servant to Newcastle United, Newcastle is not his hometown. I believe he’s from Murton making him one of those people we don’t like to talk about too often, a M****m!!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Hope Stoke aren’t planning on trying to take Tim out.

  • Preston_toon

    Sep 24, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Steve is from Easington, County Durham

  • Preston_toon

    Sep 24, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #8

    I know they are very close together but he is further away from S*nderland thats allways good 😀

  • dinosaur

    Sep 24, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #9

    I may be out on a limb, but does anyone agree that Krul might have done better with all 3 Chelsea goals?

  • Hatem Ben Arfa

    Sep 24, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Hopefully a speedy recovery for Harps!

  • Penguin PJ

    Sep 24, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #11

    I remember Matt Le Tessier at Southampton few years back, with the talent & guile he had, (the first midfielder to score 100 in the Premier League) the Englishman with the French name, was predictably,courted by the big boys.

    Leaving the club should have been a no- brainer. It didn’t happen. He kept playin for his beloved club all the way to the end.

    Steve Harper is that rare creature. Even rarer is that he’s a goalkeeper. Almost 10 years on the bench, he understood the need of the club comes first. It make me smile when Given can’t stomach sitting on the bench for 2 nanoseconds.

    I’m certain Harps did it coz this is his boyhood club but could we ever have that stability again with Forster?

    Btw Krul needs the support from us right now. His heroics in Palermo few years ago underlines the talent he has. Which way you look, he’s still a kid learning the ropes. Hope his team mates remember that & give him the extra protection from Pulis’s thugs this Sunday. HWTL!

  • Brutooon

    Sep 25, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Young goalkeepers should look at harper as an example

    We got the best backup keeper for the last 10 years

    GK Coach to Young GK : Learn the “harper” thing

  • baro

    Sep 25, 2010 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #13



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