Newcastle’s Nick Pope set for shoulder surgery, expected to be out for four months

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Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope will undergo surgery on a dislocated shoulder sustained against Manchester United on Saturday.

The operation will leave the 31-year-old facing around four months out.

Pope had to be withdrawn in the 86th minute of the match at St James’ Park, having landed awkwardly after diving for a shot from Sergio Reguilon.

He saw specialists on Monday to discuss whether he could avoid surgery — with potential operations differing for a goalkeeper compared to an outfield player.

Team-mate Jacob Murphy initially did not undergo an operation on a similar injury before suffering a further dislocation nine days later. He then underwent a procedure last month.

Pope was replaced by Martin Dubravka against Manchester United, while third-choice stopper Loris Karius was also on the substitutes’ bench. Mark Gillespie is the other senior goalkeeper on the club’s books.

Newcastle face a busy December, with seven more matches in the month after the Manchester United game. They travel to Everton on Thursday, followed by games at Tottenham Hotspur and at home to AC Milan.

The injury also puts Pope’s chances of regaining his place in England’s squad ahead of next summer’s European Championships in jeopardy.

Pope had been selected for the last three major tournaments — but Gareth Southgate has opted for Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, and Sam Johnstone in recent squads.

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