Veteran Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has eased the fears of the club’s support by vowing he will be more than up to the task of replacing first team goalkeeper Tim Krul if required against Everton next Monday night, after Krul picked up an injury on international duty for Holland.
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Harper, 37, is currently the club’s longest serving player but has not appeared in the Premier League for Newcastle since April 2011, having lost his place as No. 1 to Dutchman Krul. Indeed, last season saw Harper have a spell out on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion in order to get games under his belt.
However, with Newcastle in the Europa League this season, Harper is aware that he will get more chances to feature. Harper said: “Having the extra games gives you that level of competitiveness. It’s good for everyone.” An injury would be a harsh blow for Krul, who having established himself as the first choice at the Sports Direct Arena, has recently replaced Maarten Stekelenburg as the national team’s first choice under their new manager, Louis van Gaal.
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