Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given will undergo groin surgery today.

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Given has not played for the Magpies since the 5-1 defeat at Manchester United on February 23 and will be out for an estimated six weeks after Tuesday's operation.

A statement from the club on read: "After consultation with Dr Ulrike Muschaweck, Shay Given will have surgery in Munich today to cure his recurrent groin problems.

"He is expected to make a full recovery and will be absent for a six-week period.''

Hernia specialist Muschaweck has operated on Michael Owen and Alan Shearer in the past.