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Magpies gaffer believes Dutchman can cope

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has put his faith in replacement goalkeeper Tim Krul after losing Steve Harper for 12 weeks with a shoulder injury.

Magpies No.1 goalkeeper underwent surgery on his damaged shoulder on Thursday and is predicted to be sidelined until December.

The 51-year-old manager of the Tyneside club has refused to seek an emergency replacement for Harper and has instead decided to use the services of Dutchman Krul, who made his debut for Newcastle at 19-years-old in a victorious UEFA cup tie against Palermo.

And Hughton insists the 22-year-old has enough ability to be a temporary stand-in for 35-year-old Harper.

"That confidence has really been built on not just the fact that when he has come in, he has done very well, but on what we have seen here from him over the period of time he has been here,” Hughton told reporters.

"That's the biggest aspect because we haven't seen him so much as regards the first team on the football pitch.

"But we are very confident in his ability and we are quite sure he will cope very well."

The Dutchman started for the Magpies in their thrilling 4-3 League Cup victory over Chelsea on Wednesday and is set to continue as goalkeeper for their Premier League meeting with Stoke on home soil.

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