Nick Pope will have surgery on a dislocated shoulder suffered on Saturday against Manchester United.
The 31-year-old will be out of commission for four months as a result of the surgery.
Pope was forced to leave the game at St James’ Park in the 86th minute after landing awkwardly after diving for a Sergio Reguilon shot.
On Monday, he met with specialists to discuss whether he could avoid surgery—potential operations for a goalkeeper differ from those for an outfield player.
Teammate Jacob Murphy initially refused surgery for a similar injury before suffering another dislocation nine days later. Last month, he underwent surgery.
Martin Dubravka replaced Nick Pope against Manchester United, and third-string goalkeeper Loris Karius was also on the bench. Mark Gillespie is the club’s other senior goalkeeper.
After the Manchester United game, Newcastle will have seven more games in December. They play at Everton on Thursday, then at Tottenham Hotspur and at home against AC Milan.
Pope’s chances of regaining his place in England’s squad ahead of next summer’s European Championships are also jeopardized as a result of the injury.
Pope had been chosen for the previous three major tournaments, but Gareth Southgate has recently chosen Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale, and Sam Johnstone in his squads.