Harper returns from injury

29 April 2011 03:00
Goalkeeper Steve Harper returns to the Newcastle squad for Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool after overcoming a knee injury. The 36-year-old, who has missed the last two games, will travel to Anfield, although whether or not he replaces deputy Tim Krul remains to be seen. Skipper Kevin Nolan has recovered from a slight muscle strain, but loan signing Stephen Ireland has been ruled out for the rest of the season by an ankle injury after making just two appearances as a substitute. Hatem Ben Arfa continues his rehabilitation after returning to training from a double leg fracture, but Danny Guthrie (shin), Leon Best (ankle), Dan Gosling (knee) and Alan Smith (ankle) remain on the sidelines.

Source: PA