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Newcastle keeper Harper undergoes shoulder surgery

Newcastle stopper Steve Harper is expected to be out for twelve weeks after undergoing successful shoulder surgery. The keeper fell heavily on his left shoulder and was carried off on a stretcher in the first period of the 1-0 win at Everton on Saturday.

The club have now confirmed the 35-year-old has undergone surgery and he faces an extended spell on the sidelines.

A statement on the Newcastle's official website said: "Following a shoulder ligament injury sustained in United's game against Everton on Saturday, Steve Harper has undergone a successful operation on Wednesday.

"It is likely Steve will be unavailable for selection for a period of around 12 weeks."

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