Newcastle lose Steve Harper for three months


Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper will be out of action for up to 12 weeks following shoulder surgery.

Harper, 35, was injured during last weekend's 1-0 victory over Everton following a collision with Jermaine Beckford.

The veteran keeper landed awkwardly on his shoulder and was stretchered off with what manager Chris Hughton described as a ligament injury.

"Following a shoulder ligament injury sustained in United's game against Everton last Saturday, Steve Harper has undergone a successful operation," revealed a club spokesperson.

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

Tim Krul will step into the breach in Harper's absence with the 22-year-old set to start against Stoke City at St James' Park on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Swedish youngster Ole Soderberg will step up to the first-team squad.

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