There were some worries towards the end of the game on Sunday, when Tim Krul was limping and rubbing his leg.
Tim Krul – hamstring is now okay
It would be difficult to play these games these days without Tim, since he’s been so great for Newcastle in his first full season as the Newcastle number one goalkeeper.
Tim suffered hamstring problems in the 1-0 win against Norwich on Sunday, but the good news is that he’s going to be okay, and should be fit to start the game at West Brom on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Dutch Intentional had this to say yesterday:
“I’ve just had the results back from my MRI scan. It’s all clear and I’m already looking forward to the West Brom game.”
That’s good news and of course Tim kept Newcastle ahead on Sunday, with some excellent saves, and in particular made one brilliant save from a Zak Whitbread header in the second half, when he somehow turned the ball over the cross-bar.
There’s also some news on French winger Sylvain Marveaux, who has played very little over the last two seasons, and Sylvain has been out since November after having groin and hip surgery.
We mentioned a couple of days ago there was a chance for him and Leon Best to be back before the end of the season, and the 25 year-old French U21 International and former Rennes player r had this to say yesterday:
“I’m over the worst and I just want to be on the pitch.”
There’s not much information in that statement, but we suppose it means he can be back before the end of the season.
If you believe Physio.com, who report on injuries for each of the Premier League sides, Sylvain is due back in training on April 7th, and Leon Best is due back on 1st April.
And in the Newcastle Reserves 4-2 defeat by Chelsea last night at Whitley Park, 17 year old defender Remie Streete injured his ankle and will be out for the season.
That’s a pity because Remie had been training with the first team and had been impressing manager Alan Pardew.
Only two weeks ago the Newcastle manager had this to say about Remie to the local press:
“It looks like it isn’t going to take him too much time to be playing first-team football.” “He’s physically ready, in the next two years he could go straight in.”
“I don’t want to heap too much pressure on Remie, but he’s a calm kind of guy.” “If you are really confident that you can handle it, then they can go straight in to the first team.”
And Remie has won this year’s Wor Jackie Award, given to the best Newcastle U18 player each year, and the award is named after the great former Newcastle number 9 – Ashington-born Jackie Milburn.
Nile Ranger started for Newcastle Reserves last night, but the youngsters were well beaten by a strong Chelsea side, which included £18M Belgium International Romelu Lukaku.