Newcastle keeper out for three months

Harper was forced to undergo shoulder surgery after being injured in the first half of the 1-0 win at Everton on Saturday.

A statement on the club’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.”