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Nick Pope: Newcastle goalkeeper set to miss most of season after suffering dislocated shoulder against Manchester United | Football News

Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope is set to miss most of the remainder of the season after it was decided he needs an operation on a dislocated shoulder.

Pope was substituted against Manchester United on Saturday after falling awkwardly trying to save a shot, and it has been confirmed he has dislocated his shoulder.

The timeframe of Pope’s absence is unknown, but the average recovery time after such a surgery is approximately four months. Pope, 31, dislocated the same shoulder five years ago while a Burnley player and missed six months of action.

Pope was in brilliant form before his injury, with a string of outstanding saves against Bournemouth, Chelsea and PSG leading to calls for him to be recalled to the England squad.

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Without Pope for an extended spell, Newcastle will need to lean on Martin Dubravka and Loris Karius.

Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy suffered a similar injury earlier this season. He tried to return to action without having surgery, only to break down again on his comeback – and has since been operated on.

Nick Pope signals to the bench after picking up an injury
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Pope signals to the bench after picking up an injury

Newcastle’s next eight matches

December 7: Everton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 7.30pm

December 10: Tottenham (A) – Premier League, live on Sky Spors, kick-off 4.30pm

December 13: AC Milan (H) – Champions League, kick-off 8pm

December 16: Fulham (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm

December 19: Chelsea (A) – Carabao Cup quarter-final, live on Sky Sports, kick-off 8pm

December 23: Luton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm

December 26: Nottingham Forest (H) – Premier League, kick-off 12.30pm

January 1: Liverpool (A) – Premier League, live on Sky Sports, kick-off 8pm

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