Rob Elliot will be in goal today for Newcastle united as we take on Southampton and Tim Krul will miss the game after a scan showed that he has a strain in his damaged ankle, but he will see a specialist tomorrow, and we should then get a better prognosis of the injury.
Rob Elliot – gets a big chance today
That should include how long Tim could be out – and initial estimates have said five weeks, but hopefully it will be less than that.
Krul injured his ankle in the 1-0 win over Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League on Thursday night, and he is wisely sitting out today’s game, until the medics know what the state of his ankle injury is.
This is what Alan Pardew had to say on the Newcastle web-site about the situation.
“It’s an issue that’s not quite clear yet.” “On Monday we’ll probably know a little bit more.” “The scan’s showing that he’s got a strain in there and we need to protect him, so he definitely won’t play this weekend.”
“How long he’s out for, I don’t know really but one door closes and one opens and for Robbie, it’s a much-deserved door because he’s really done terrific on the training ground here and played some Europa League games earlier in the season and cemented his place in the hearts of our fans.”
“They know he’s good enough and now there’s an opportunity for him.”
It will be Elliot’s Premier League debut, after he signed on at Newcastle from Charlton Athletic on August 30th of 2011, for a nominal fee.
The good thing for Rob today is that he will have a very solid back four in front of him, and hopefully Newcastle can get all 3 points and even anohter clean sheet – which would be the third in a row.
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