'Massive blow' - Newcastle United issue Nick Pope update after Man Utd injury

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Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope was forced to withdraw in the latter stages of the win over Manchester United.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope dislocated his shoulder in Newcastle United's 1-0 win over Manchester United.

The Magpies' No.1 was forced off in the 86th minute when he dived to his right-hand side. He immediately signalled for play to stop and was swiftly replaced by Martin Dubravka.

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The Slovakian helped Newcastle see out the victory with Anthony Gordon's goal the difference at St James' Park.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) | Getty Images

"It will be a massive blow for us if he is ruled out for any length of time," Magpies boss Eddie Howe said. "It looked really innocuous, but that is usually the way and they are normally the more serious ones. You could see he was in distress and it looked like he dislocated his shoulder just diving.

"It looks bad. It looks like a dislocation. He's done it before and had it operated on and come back successfully. But I don't know what the future holds for him, I don't know if he will need an operation or not, but we will get it checked out and fingers crossed he will be back soon.

"Martin Dubravka came on in a tricky situation with 10 minutes to go, narrow lead. which is not nice for a goalkeeper, so I have to compliment him for doing so well."

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Newcastle recorded a third straight win over Manchester United, the first time they have done that since 1922. As a result, Howe's men moved up to fifth in the Premier League table.

"I couldn't be happier with the players tonight," said Howe. "The performances we put in against three top teams [Chelsea, PSG & Man Utd] were brilliant so that will give confidence, and when we get some players back we can push on even further."

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