Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul dislocated his shoulder in the second half of the home game against Sunderland, when we were losing 1-0, and he left the field, and that’s the last we saw of him last season, with Rob Elliot taking over the goalkeeping duties.
Tim Krul – in pain leaving Sunderland game
A shoulder dislocation happens where there is most movement in the body, and that’s also where there are lots of nerves, and that’s why it’s difficult to recover from such an injury – or so my doctors tell me.
I had thoughts that you just put the shoulder back in place and everything would be OK – but that’s not so.
And at first it had been thought that Krul would not be ready for the start of the new season, but today he says he has a decent chance to make that first game at Manchester City, which yesterday got moved back to Monday nigth, 19th August, with an 8:00 pm kickoff.
Obviously Sky Sports are expecting an upset in that game.
The 25-year-old wants to play in two of Newcastle’s pre-season friendlies, and this is what the 5 times capped Dutch International told BBC Radio Newcastle:
“I’ll be fit for the first game of the season,” “I’ll try to get a couple of friendly games to get myself fully up to speed.” “At the moment, I’m right on schedule.”
Here’s the schedule for Newcastle’s pre-season:
|Tue - 16 July KO 7:00pm||Motherwell||Fir Park||W 4-2|
|Sat - 20 July KO 6:00pm||Rio Ave||Estadio do Rio Ave||L 3-1|
|Tue - 23 July KO - 8:00pm||Pacos de Ferreira||Estadio da Capital do Movel||D 1-1|
|Sun - 28 July KO 3:00pm||Blackpool||Bloomfield Road||W 1-0|
|Tue - 30th July KO 7:30pm||St. Mirren||Love Street||W 2-0|
|Tue - 6 August, 7:45pm||Rangers||Ibrox Stadium||D 1-1|
|Sat - 10 August, KO 6:00pm||SC Braga||St. James' Park||D 1-1|
So it seems that Tim wants to make the St. Mirren game at Love Street on Tuesday 20th July, and then the home game against Braga on the Saturday one week before the Premier League starts.
There’s 11 days between the last two pre-season games so that would allow Tim to play against Braga and not risk it, if he’s not ready for the St. Mirren game, or perhaps he could come on in the second half of the St. Mirren game – that would work.
It will be a positive if Tim can be fit for the start of this coming season, which is turning out to be a pivotal one for the Magpies, after last season’s disaster.
And Tim already has 107 appearances for Newcastle and that’s more than half of the 199 games Steve Harper played for the side, and Tim thanked Steve yesterday for bringing him on at Newcastle,and making him into a better goalkeeper.
Steve was always a top-class pro at the club.
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