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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 18, 2006

Newcastle's Given recovering after stomach op

Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given has had stomach surgery following the injury he picked up against West Ham.

The 30-year-old was taken off with four minutes remaining at Upton Park after a collision with Hammers striker Marlon Harewood.

Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder told the club's website: 'Shay has had surgery to repair a small tear in his lower stomach.

'He is comfortable and will have a short stay in hospital.

'We'll let things settle down now and it's too early to be putting any date on when he'll be expected back.'

The Magpies were leading 2-0 against West Ham when Given picked up his injury, with Steve Harper brought on for the final minutes as Roeder's men held on for victory.

Given signed a five-year contract with Newcastle last season and has been a consistent performer since arriving from Blackburn in 1997, although reports suggest he faces six weeks out now.

After the victory at Upton Park, with Damien Duff and Obafemi Martins getting the goals, Roeder said: 'I would like to think Harewood was being completely honest in trying to get the ball. It's a man's game and I'm sure Shay would understand.'

The Magpies were leading 2-0 against West Ham when Given picked up his injury, with Steve Harper brought on for the final minutes as Roeder's men held on for victory.

Given signed a five-year contract with Newcastle last season and has been a consistent performer since arriving from Blackburn in 1997, although reports suggest he faces six weeks out now.

After the victory at Upton Park, with Damien Duff and Obafemi Martins getting the goals, Roeder said: 'I would like to think Harewood was being completely honest in trying to get the ball. It's a man's game and I'm sure Shay would understand.'

Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton has not given up hope Given will be fit for next month's Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Ireland face Cyprus in Nicosia on October 7 and are then at home to the Czech Republic four days later.

With vice-captain Given seemingly ruled out for six weeks at this early stage, it appears unlikely he will figure in the Group Four matches.

But Staunton, who will next week name his squad, said: 'Shay is still in hospital and we don't yet have a definite timescale for his recovery.

'He is normally a quick healer and all we can do for the moment is monitor the situation closely over the coming days.

'But it would be a real disappointment if he is ruled out of next month's games.'

Recognising what Given offers, Staunton added: 'He's a world-class goalkeeper and has great presence about the squad.

'He's a leader by nature and any squad would miss his qualities.'

Newcastle club doctor Roddy McDonald says Given is 'comfortable' following surgery on a perforated bowel.

He said: 'In the dressing room after the game, Shay developed acute abdominal pain and it became clear he may have a surgical problem.

'As a result, he was admitted to a local hospital for investigation.

'Following those investigations, he was found to have a small perforation of his small bowel.

'He underwent surgery to repair this and that was successful. He is comfortable in hospital and he will be discharged in around five days.'

United expect Given to return to training in around six weeks' time.

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