Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul was not expected to make the start of the season at Manchester City on August 19th, because of the dislocated shoulder he picked up in the second half in the (extremely) embarrassing 3-0 defeat by Sunderland at St. James’ Park on April 14th.
Tim Krul – should be fit for two pre-season games
But Tim was interviewed last week and to make the season start, and that he was coming along just fine, and in Portugal the Dutch International was put through some intensive training and the shoulder stood up to that work very well. and now Tim is expected to be able to play some games in pre-season.
Here is Newcastle’s pre-season schedule.
|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|
It seems that Tim will probably be involved in the game at Rangers next Tuesday night, and the final warm-up game at St. James’ Park on 10th August against SC Braga.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew seems confident Tim will be fully fit for the Manchester City game, as he said this in the Mail today:
“Tim’s had a tough week,” “He’s come through that, and we’ll have to see where he is. But I’ve got no worries about him at all.”
Rob Elliot has done well in the four warm-up games so far, but Jak Alnwick got only one half in at Rio Ave.
And the defense was all at sea as we under-estimated the opposition, and conceded three goals in the first 26 minutes, although that was not Jak’s fault, as Alan Pardew was quick to point out after the game.
Newcastle are still linked with Dutch U21 International goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet, and if reports are to be believed we have bid around £2M for the 22 year-old PSV player.
The news on Tim Krul is good, and it’s in a summer that hasn’t brought much good news to the club – not yet anyway.
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