Steve Harper on stand-by for West Brom v Newcastle

BACK IN FROM THE COLD? 'Steve Harper
BACK IN FROM THE COLD? 'Steve Harper
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STEVE Harper is on standby for Newcastle United’s visit to the Hawthorns.

First-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul was ruled out of the club’s last five games after dislocating his shoulder in Sunday’s 3-0 Tyne-Wear derby defeat to Sunderland.

And Rob Elliot, who replaced Krul early in the second half , hobbled off the field with an ankle injury.

Long-serving Harper, who will leave Newcastle in the summer when his contract expires, made the last of his seven appearances this term in October, when he kept a clean sheet in United’s 1-0 Europa League victory over Club Brugge at St James’s Park.

Elliot, who has made 13 appearances this season, is hopeful of facing West Brom.

The 26-year-old said he felt for luckless Krul.

”I’m gutted for him,” he told the club’s official website.