After Newcastle did so well in the first half of the season with very few injuries, Alan Pardew has confirmed today that goalkeeper Tim Krul will miss the next two or three games, and Rob Elliot will get a chance between the posts.
Rob Elliot – will deputize for the injured Krul
It turns out that Tim suffered a knee injury in the 3-0 home defeat by Everton on Tuesday night, and could be out for the next three weeks.
This is what Alan Pardew said during his press conference today:
“Tim won’t play, he’s out for these next two or three games for sure, so Rob Elliot will come in.”
“He has made his international squad and he is keen to stay in that squad and he needs to play, so the opportunity lands at his feet.”
“Rob is a confident goalie and he will look to take that on”,
Newcastle have already been without top French Internationals Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy since early March, and now the Dutch International goalkeeper will be missing a few games.
This will be Rob Elliot’s first Premier League game of the season, and when Rob comes in he usually does very well for the Magpies, and young Jak Alnwick will be on the bench.
The game at Southampton on Saturday is another tough one, similar in many ways to the game against Everton on Tuesday night, since the Saints play an attacking attractive style of football much like the Toffees, and they are just one point behind Newcastle in the league table.
That’s one reason we have to try to come away at least with a share of the points from St. Mary’s – but that’s going to be tough.
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