Newcastle United surged to fifth place in the Premier League table with a solid 1–0 victory over Manchester United at St James’ Park on Saturday, overtaking their opponents in the standings after dominating them on the pitch.
The decisive goal came in the second half when Anthony Gordon capitalized on a cross by Kieran Trippier, although not everything was good news for the Magpies.
In the 83rd minute and with the game nearly settled, Nick Pope made a save on a Sergio Reguilon shot but the goalie injured his shoulder after an awkward landing on the play—as if our boys weren’t banged up enough.
“It will be a massive blow if Nick is ruled out for any length of time,” said manager Eddie Howe.
The match was momentarily paused as Pope, unable to continue, was assisted off the field by club doctor Paul Catterson and Sean Beech, the club’s head of rehabilitation. Martin Dubravka, making his first top-flight appearance of the season against his former club (Dubby was sent to Man Utd on loan last winter) stepped in as Pope’s replacement.
“It looked innocuous and he’s made those dives thousands of times but those are normally the serious injuries,” Howe said. “[Pope] was in pain. We’ll get a specialist opinion but it doesn’t look good.”
Newcastle faced Man Utd with 11 first-team players unavailable because of injuries or suspensions. Howe sounded satisfied with his team’s performance, calling it one of their best of the season, although that won’t make navigating Pope’s absence any easier for the lads.
Speaking on Pope’s future, Howe stated, “It will be a massive blow if Nick is ruled out for any length of time.
There are obvious fears that Pope may require shoulder surgery due to the apparent dislocation he suffered during the match leading up to his substitution late in the game.
Add insult to injury, or injury to insult, whatever you prefer. One thing is clear, and that’s Newcastle’s shelves aren’t getting any healthier these days.