Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is just one of the Newcastle stars who were missing for much of this season, which is one of the reasons Newcastle did so badly in the Premier League.
Tim Krul – was injured during the disastrous Sunderland defeat
The 5 times capped Netherlands international dislocated a shoulder in the second half of Newcastle’s disastrous 3-0 defeat by Sunderland, which started a run of seven games where Newcastle won only one and drew two.
That meant that a week last Tuesday if Wigan had beaten Swansea at home, Newcastle would have been third bottom with two games to play.
But Wigan lost the game, and Newcastle beat QPR 2-1 last Sunday to reach safety, and that’s the main thing – although there is a lot of soul-searching going on right now by Newcastle fans in trying to understand who was responsible for what turned out to be a terrible season.
Tim is hoping to be available for the first game of next season on August 17th – which seems some way out – and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site today:
“I’ve had the operation and it went well but unfortunately it does mean I’m going to be out for three months,”
“That’s my season over, of course, and it’s just been one of those seasons for me – I’ve had a couple of injuries which have interrupted it and that’s been a new experience for me.”
“It’s hard because I’m not the best at having to watch the lads, especially in the position we found ourselves in, but hopefully I should be back for the first week of pre-season.”
“Obviously there’s never a good time to get injured, but I guess it could have been worse as I will have the whole summer to recover.” “I’m just concentrating on getting fit for Newcastle now.”
“My aim is to come back better than ever for next season and to have another season like last year, when I didn’t miss a single game in the Premier League.”
We have to hope that Tim can make the start of next season, but it’s going to be very tough, and Tim is likely to miss a lot of the pre-season – so it looks like some of the injuries of this season will carry over to next season.
That’s true also for Ryan Taylor, who is visiting Dr. Steadman in Colorado this week, to have an operation on his ACL knee injury. That’s good news for Ryan because Dr. Steadman is the best in the business on knee injuries.
And by the time Tim does return, the transfer window will almost be closed, so we are hoping we can keep the players we want to keep this summer.
If we can also get a couple of good strikers through the door, then we may be the only ones, but we think we can have an excellent season next term.
We’re positive about that, and hope we can once again challenge for a top six place.
You can also reach Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org