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It’s a Given that Newcastle are minus keeper for six weeks

It’s set to be a fraught end to the football season for Newcastle United fans, with their team scrapping for survival near the foot of the Premier League. The Guardian have reported some bad news for the Toon Army, with Shay Given set to be missing for another six weeks after an operation on his groin.

“After consultation with Dr Ulrike Muschaweck, Shay Given will have surgery in Munich today to cure his recurrent groin problems,” read a statement on Newcastle’s website today. “He is expected to make a full recovery and will be absent for a six-week period.”

Steve Harper will continue to deputise in Given’s absence and has been a fairly solid goalkeeping understudy for the Magpies, despite failing to keep a clean sheet in his past nine games. After their 1-1 draw with Birmingham, it’s clear that three points against Fulham will alleviate any fears that Newcastle will be playing in the Championship next season.

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