thumbnail Hello,

Hughton branded collision with Beckford as 'unnecessary'

Newcastle United have confirmed that their first-choice goalkeeper Steve Harper will face 12 weeks on the sidelines after successful surgery on his shoulder injury.

The 35-year-old was badly injured at Goodison Park on Saturday after Everton striker Jermaine Beckford collided with him, resulting in the goalkeeper to land heavily on his shoulder, damaging ligaments.

A statement on the official Newcastle United website read: "Following a shoulder ligament injury sustained in United's game against Everton on Saturday.

"Steve Harper has undergone a successful operation yesterday.

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

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has voiced his disdain at the collision with Beckford, calling it unnecessary.

"I thought it was a challenge that didn't need to have been made," Hughton told the BBC. "Steve Harper was always getting there first."

Our  provides the best breaking news online and our  football fan community is unmatched worldwide. Never miss a thing again!

Related

From the web