Eddie Howe reveals Newcastle star may need surgery after injury in win over Man Utd

'Massive blow for us.'

Eddie Howe reveals Newcastle star may need surgery after injury in win over Man Utd
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Eddie Howe says it will be a ‘massive blow’ if Nick Pope is ruled out long-term (Picture: Getty)

Eddie Howe has revealed that Newcastle United’s No.1 goalkeeper Nick Pope may require surgery after being forced off with injury against Manchester United.

The Magpies moved up to fifth in the Premier League table with a key win over the Red Devils but it came at a cost with Pope unable to complete the match.

There was a break in play late-on as Pope was replaced by back-up Martin Dubravka on 86 minutes.

Howe, speaking about his goalkeeper’s injury after the victory against United, told the BBC: ‘It looks bad. It looks like a dislocation.

‘He’s done it before and had it operated on and come back successfully. But I don’t know what the future holds for him, I don’t know if he will need an operation or not, but we will get it checked out and fingers crossed he will be back soon.’

Asked about Pope on TNT Sports, Howe added: ‘It will be a massive blow for us if he is ruled out for any length of time.

‘It looked really innocuous, but that is usually the way and they are normally the more serious ones.

‘You could see he was in distress and it looked like he dislocated his shoulder just diving.

‘Martin Dubravka came on in a tricky situation with 10 minutes to go, narrow lead, which is not nice for a goalkeeper, so I have to compliment him for doing so well.’

Newcastle are back in action on Thursday when they travel to Everton in the Premier League.

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