Steven Taylor Ruled Out – Tim Krul Starts Sunday

Good news for Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul today, is that he will get his very first start in the league this Sunday at QPR.

Tim Krul – gets his first league start

Manager Chris Hughton had said Tim would be involved at QPR on Sunday, and the manger has said today that in fact Tim will start in goal, in place of the previously ever-present Steve Harper.

And 17 year-old Slovenian Haris Vuckic has also been included in the squad, after a couple of appearances for the Reserves earlier in the week, so Haris should be sharp.

Tim will be looking forward to his 7th start ever for Newcastle, and his 8th appearance this season.

Manager Chris Hughton told the Newcastle official site today:

“Tim will start at QPR.”

“That first day at West Brom when he came on and did so well probably feels like a long time ago now for him.”

“But this is just reward for him and I’m sure he’s looking forward to it.”

Vuckic has just returned from a six-month knee and ankle lay-off – and he has the same attitude as Joey Barton, who has also only recently returned  from his long-term foot injury – and both players are very keen to play on Sunday.

But Chris has also decided not to take Steven Taylor, after watching him in training today, and it’s best to err on the side of safety, and it’ll be great to have Steven back 100%, when pre-season starts in July.

Hughton talked about his decision on Steven today:

“We’ve decided not to risk Steven with one game to go.”

The Newcastle United manager is also unsure whether Tamas Kadar will be fit, after picking up a knock in the Newcastle Reserve’s 2-0 win over Rotherham United on Tuesday night.

But we think if Tamas is fit,  he will also start for his 10th start of the season and 17th overall appearance for the Magpies.

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