Harper could need knee surgery

The 36-year-old missed Tuesday night’s 0-0 Premier League draw with

Manchester United and has now been ruled out of Saturday’s trip to

Blackpool. But manager Alan Pardew has admitted he may have to have

an operation and a decision will be taken over the next couple of

weeks. Pardew said: “Harps isn’t right and we will have to review

him over the next couple of weeks. “He’s not necessarily out for

the season, but it could be that he needs a small operation just to

sort his little problem out. “It’s not a major problem, but we will

have a look at that and weigh that up over the next couple of

weeks.” Dutchman Tim Krul will once again deputise at Bloomfield

Road with Ole Soderberg providing the back-up from the bench.