April 19, 2024

Newcastle United have suffered a huge blow ahead of their clash with Everton, with Nick Pope expected to be sidelined for up to five months, according to Mike McGrath.

The journalist reported for the Daily Telegraph (4 December) that the England international looks set to face a race to be fit for the final weeks of the Premier League season, having picked up a shoulder injury during the closing stages of Newcastle’s clash with Manchester United.

Pope dislocated his shoulder before being substituted in the 86th minute and Howe has admitted that he could require surgery after initial assessments suggested that he would miss between four and five months of action.

Everton welcome Howe’s side to Goodison Park on Thursday 7 December off the back of their excellent 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest and could potentially move out of the Premier League relegation zone if other results go their way.

Big blow for visitors

Pope has arguably been in the best form of his Newcastle United career in recent weeks and put in excellent performances against both PSG and Manchester United last week, so his absence will be felt hugely at Goodison Park on Thursday.

The 31-year-old has started all 14 of Newcastle’s Premier League matches this season and has played in all of the Magpies Champions League group matches, but Newcastle will now have to start either one of Martin Dubravka or Loris Karius at Goodison.

Everton

Both goalkeepers have shown that they are more than capable of performing at the highest level in the past and neither will make life easy for Everton, but Dyche’s side will fancy their chances slightly more with Pope ruled out.

The most important thing for the Toffees is that they need to ensure that they test whoever is between the posts. Earlier this season, Everton were unable to hit the target against the Premier League’s best sides but against Manchester United they had plenty of opportunities.

Against Newcastle on Thursday, they need to make sure to test what will likely be a rusty presence in the Magpies’ net.

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