Sven Botman update as Newcastle United rocked by fresh injury blow ahead of Everton & Spurs

Newcastle United centre-back Sven Botman. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Newcastle United centre-back Sven Botman. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Newcastle United centre-back Sven Botman. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images) | Getty Images
There is mixed news on the Newcastle United injury front ahead of Premier League away fixtures at Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope is in a race to play again this season with a dislocated shoulder expected to keep him sidelined for four to five months.

The Magpies beat Manchester United 1-0 at St James' Park on Saturday via Anthony Gordon's goal but their injury situation worsened after Pope's withdrawal in the 86th minute.

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Pope dived to his right when Sergio Reguilon shot that was blocked by Fabian Schar before immediately signalling for play to stop.

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The 31-year-old's arm was held by Newcastle physios as he walked down the tunnel. Martin Dubravka replaced Pope for the remaining 10 minutes.

"It looks like he’s dislocated his shoulder," Eddie Howe said on Saturday. "Such a strange thing really because he’d have made that dive thousands of times. It just looks like the arm’s kept going on the moist floor and his shoulder has come out of joint.

"We’re going to have to seek a specialist opinion and see what happens but it doesn't look good for him.”

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Howe will provide an official update when he speaks to the media on Wednesday ahead of the trip to Everton. But in the meantime, the Daily Telegraph has reported that Pope isn't expected to return until deep into the campaign.

Pope has missed just one Premier League match for Newcastle since joining from Burnley last year, keeping 25 clean sheets in 62 matches. His lengthy absence will hand a rare opportunity to Dubravka with Loris Karius as back-up.

Howe was without 10 senior players against Man United, and despite Pope becoming the latest long-term casualty, that list could be reduced in the coming weeks.

The Athletic have claimed Sven Botman will resume training this week after nine weeks out with a knee injury. The Dutchman's injury has been somewhat of a mystery as Newcastle looked to avoid sending the player for surgery.

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Speaking on Friday, Howe said: “He’s not training with us at the moment. He’s building up very slowly, he’s building up his load to make sure we don’t hit the knee with too much.

"At the moment, it’s reacting well with the work that he’s doing. We hope that continues and he’s such a big player for us. We’d love to get him back.”

Meanwhile, Newcastle will hope to get Joe Willock, Sean Longstaff and Harvey Barnes back before the end of the month.

Willock and Longstaff have missed the last three matches but their injuries aren't long-term, according to Howe. Barnes has been out since September.

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