Harper to grasp second chance

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Newcastle United keeper Steve Harper is looking to make the most of his second run in goal for The Magpies.

Harper is set to be recalled after first-choice shot-stopper Shay Given suffered a groin injury against West Ham at the weekend.

An injury to Given earlier in the campaign saw Harper make a 12-game first team run in which he kept five clean sheets from his last seven appearances.

Harper is looking forward to returning between the sticks and admits it is hard watching from the sidelines when he is out of the first-team picture.

"Before this season I had waited a long, long time and then Shay got hurt at West Ham and after a couple of games to get up to speed the last 10 games went reasonably well," he told Sky Sports News.

"I didn't think another opportunity was going to come around quite so quickly, but I'm looking forward to it.

"It's hard getting in for the odd game here and there and it is better when you can get a run in the team. You feel part of the team again.

"We've had five keepers used in the squad this year. It is hard, but everyone one of us works hard day in, day out waiting for an opportunity."