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Nick Pope set for shoulder surgery, expected to miss four-plus months

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Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope will undergo surgery for a dislocated shoulder injury suffered last Saturday in the final minutes of the Premier League match against Manchester United, The Athletic reported on Monday, Dec. 4.

Pope is expected to miss the next four months, potentially five if the recovery from injury takes the England international a bit more time than initially forecast.

The veteran 31-year-old goalie landed awkwardly after saving a shot in the 83rd minute of last weekend’s game leading to his substitution in the 86th minute.

The Athletic reports that Newcastle and Pope had meetings with medical experts “to discuss whether he could avoid surgery,“ something both parties ultimately ruled out.

On top of missing club games, Pope could also be in danger of not being called up for the upcoming EURO 2024 next summer depending on Gareth Southgate—not precisely the GK’s no. 1 fan—decision as we approach June and the start of the competition.

Pope was named to the previous three major tournaments played by England (two World Cups and a European Championship) but he won’t play any minutes at all until the end of March and potentially into April while his main competitors—considered to be Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, and Sam Johnstone—will keep putting on weekly outings trying to convince Southgate of their value to the England national side.

Martin Dubravka will be elevated to GK1 by Eddie Howe and there have been rumors out there linking Newcastle with a much-needed move for a new reserve/starting goalie throughout the next winter transfer window, including some floating the name of former Man Utd legend David de Gea, currently a free agent.

Newcastle will have to play matches against Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, and AC Milan in December with the possibility of advancing further in domestic cups also in danger considering the team will miss one of their most important pieces.