Newcastle keeper Pope set to miss four months with injury, says Howe

Soccer Football - Premier League - Newcastle United v Manchester United - St James' Park, Newcastle, Britain - December 2, 2023 Newcastle United's Nick Pope is substituted after sustaining an injury Action Images via Reuters/Scott Heppell/File Photo

According to manager Eddie Howe, the goalkeeper for Newcastle United, Nick Pope, suffered a shoulder injury late in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United. Pope is expected to be out of action for around four months, according to Howe’s statement on Wednesday.

Pope, who is 31, has started every game for Newcastle this season, including those in the Premier League and the Champions League. However, because of this injury, he will be out of action for the foreseeable future.

He needed to attend a few appointments with specialists. Howe informed the press that he was still waiting for the final news on what would take place.

We suspect that he will have surgery. There is a possibility that he may be sidelined for almost four months, but we anticipated this right after the game.

David de Gea, a goalkeeper from Spain, has been a free agent since his contract with Manchester United expired in July. Howe responded to media rumors that linked the club with a bid for de Gea by saying the reports were false.

Many of the headlines I’ve seen in the media have been about goalkeepers and other players. Howe stated, “Our team has not made any inquiries.”

“We would be recruiting in every area of the pitch if we were to do so at this time,” the coach said. The other keepers will be able to strengthen their standings using this opportunity.

As a result of Pope’s absence, Martin Dubravka will be given the opportunity. In the last minutes of the match against Manchester United, the Slovakian goalkeeper stepped in to replace Pope. His only other appearance of the season was in the League Cup, which was against the same team.

“I have always held a very favorable impression of him. According to Howe, “Martin is a goalkeeper of the highest caliber, a brilliant shot-stopper, and very good with his feet as well, so there is no hesitation about bringing him into the team.”

Howe was even more thrilled with Newcastle’s performance in their most recent home league match against Manchester United than with the 4-1 victory over Chelsea that came before it or the draw with Paris Saint-Germain that came in between. Newcastle accomplished back-to-back home league victories.

“It has been a big effort from the group; the players have grasped the situation we are in; they have stood up,” according to the head coach.

“The game against Chelsea, which was a decisive victory, gave us great positive reinforcement.

“That resulted in Paris, which was a difficult one to discuss, and then what a response against Manchester United,” the speaker said. I believe we had the best performance of the season during that game.

On Thursday, the Howe-coached team will travel to Everton. Although Newcastle’s home record is excellent, with seven wins out of eight, their record away from home is not nearly as spectacular, with only one victory out of six and three losses.

“They (Everton) are a mighty and physically demanding squad. Regarding our defensive strategy, they will ask us questions we must answer, and we will be required to respond to them, as the coach said.

The game is crucial for us. We are aware that our performance away from home has to be improved.

Newcastle is now in sixth place in the rankings with 26 points, falling 10 points behind the leaders of the Premier League, Arsenal. On the other hand, Everton is in third place from the bottom with seven points after being deducted 10 points for violating financial sustainability regulations.

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