Tim Krul has picked up a knock in training this week, and is now doubtful for the game at West Ham tomorrow afternoon.
Tim Krul – a doubt for tomorrow
So back-up goalkeeper Rob Elliot has been put on standby for the game tomorrow, just in case Tim is not fit to play.
It’s a bit of a disappointment, after we had some really good news on the injury front yesterday from manager Alan Pardew, with Fabricio Coloccini back in training after suffering a calf injury in the game at West Brom almost three weeks ago.
Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Emmanuel Riviere are also back in training, and Rolando Aarons should be back next week, with Ryan Taylor back in a few weeks from his slight knee injury he picked up last Saturday against QPR.
But Mehdi Abeid is struggling with the broken toe he picked up on his first senior call-up for Algeria, and has not yet returned to training, and Alan Pardew said the foot was still proving to be uncomfortable for Mehdi.
Tim Krul may still make the game tomorrow, but when Ron Elliot has come into the side in the past, which he did in the Capital One Cup at Manchester City, he has done very well.
If Tim doesn’t make it – it will be the first Premier League game he has missed this season, and it will be Rob’s third appearance of the season for the first team.
Update – There is a disturbing update on Tim in the Chronicle today, and it’s not good news if it’s accurate – and they are reporting that Krul fell awkwardly on his ankle in training and could be out for a month.
And that’s not good news with 9 games to be played through January 1st.
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