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."