Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Roeder in Search for Keeper Cover

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Roeder in Search for Keeper Cover

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Shay Given will spend the rest of this week in a London hospital as he recovers from an abdominal operation that will force him to miss his first Premiership fixture in more than 17 months.

And as Steve Harper prepares to start only his third league game in five seasons at Anfield tomorrow, Glenn Roeder will seek special dispensation from the Premier League in an attempt to provide cover for the 31-year-old.

The United boss is determined to take advantage of the emergency loan regulations that allow managers to make signings outside the transfer window in exceptional circumstances.

With Given facing at least six weeks on the sidelines having perforated his small bowel, this is such a situation.

But with a resolution not thought to be imminent, Tim Krul seems certain to be on the substitutes' bench when Newcastle return to action on Merseyside.

Although the Dutch Under-20 international is considered a star of the future, Roeder does not want to put too much pressure on a player still seven months short of his 19th birthday.

With his search having started, Roeder will hope to have made a breakthrough ahead of this weekend's home game against Everton. Given will remain in London until then although, despite rumours that the injury suffered during a sickening collision with Marlon Harewood at West Ham on Sunday could have serious implications, United officials are adamant the Irishman will make a full recovery.

"In the dressing room after the game, Shay developed acute abdominal pain and it became clear he might have a surgical problem," said club doctor Roddy McDonald, who remained in London with the goalkeeper.

"As a result, he was admitted to a local hospital and he was found to have a small perforation of his small bowel. "He underwent surgery to repair this and that was successful. He is comfortable in hospital and will be discharged in around five days."

Given is expected to return to training in six weeks although, given his exemplary fitness record, it would not be a major surprise if he was to recover quicker than most expect. …

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