Alan Pardew and Newcastle have no other choice but to rely on the untested Jak Alnwick for at least the next six games through Thursday January 1st – and then we have an FA Cup 3rd round tie to squeeze in at Leicester before Monday, January 6th – and then we play at Chelsea on 10th January. 🙁
Jak Alnwick – during the game against Chelsea
Rob Elliot and Tim Krul are expected to be fit some time in January, possibly early January, but it looks like Jak will be playing at least through January 10th and that would be 8 games, and six of those are in the league and one each in the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup.
Physioroom.com are not always accurate with their expected return dates from injuries, but they have both Tim and Rob being fit again on January 10th.
There are some extremely important games to be played through January 10th, when some of the league games are at Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea and at home to Sunderland – so the injury to Rob Elliot has come at a really bad time.
There are reports of maybe trying to get a loan deal in January for a goalkeeper, but Rob and Tim are due back fairly early in January, so it wouldn’t seem to make much sense.
If Newcastle want to bring in another goalkeeper, the best bet would be to see if there are any decent goalkeepers out of contract at the moment, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle haven’t already done that.
And as we pointed out yesterday, because of the Premier League’s ruling on an emergency loan for Newcastle, even if Jak gets injured we would still not be able to make an emergency loan signing – because two contracted goalkeepers – Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman – are on the books -= even though Karl is out on loan.
What will be important for Newcastle is to quickly get a better handle on exactly how long each goalkeeper is expected to be out for.
It’s a bit of a dicey situation for Newcastle right now – and hopefully we’ll hear a more accurate prognosis on our goalkeepers’ injuries at Alan’s press conference tomorrow – and it seems both injuries were picked up in training.
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