Alan Pardew has surprisingly said today that he doesn’t expect Tim Krul or Rob Elliot back until mid-January and that’s at the earliest – so that’s not good news to be without your top two experienced goalkeepers for more than six weeks during the heaviest period of fixtures in the Premier League.
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It also seems that both goalkeepers picked up injuries in training, certainly Tim Krul did his ankle in during a training period before the game at West Ham, so he was injured around Thursday November 27th.
Alan Pardew announced Tim had picked up a knock during the press conference for the West Ham game.
And Pardew has since said that Rob had been carrying a thigh injury for a few games before it went against Chelsea, and this is an update the Newcastle boss has given:
“I don’t think that they will be back until mid-January, it is a long wait.”
“I can probably look at one goal as Jak maybe at fault.” “The second, he might have wanted to stay in his goal a bit longer without coming out, other than that I thought he was pretty sound.”
“I can’t lay any blame at his door for this result and he goes to the next game.” “This is a guy who’s got in a short period of time an opportunity to make a big name for himself, he’s the sort of guy you would want to do it.”
“Jak has to prove he’s a goalie, and a top goalie.”
We certainly want Jak to be able to prove he’s a top goalkeeper too, but it’s still a big ask for somebody so inexperienced.
Here is the schedule of games coming up, so there are some big games in there, and saying Tim and Rob will not be back until mid-January at the earliest means probably into February.
December Wed 17 19:45 A Tottenham Capital One Cup Sun 21 13:30 H Sunderland Fri 26 15:00 A Man Utd Sun 28 16:15 H Everton January Thu 01 15:00 H Burnley Sat 05 15:00 A Leicester FA Cup * Sat 10 15:00 A Chelsea Sat 17 17:30 H Southampton Sat 31 12:45 A Hull City February Sat 07 15:00 H Stoke City
* The date and kick-off time of this game may be rearranged.
If we are successful at Leicester City in the FA Cup 3rd round, there will also be a 4th round game at the end of January.
There are a lot of difficult games in that schedule for Newcastle, and we are just hoping that Jak can get the job done for Newcastle.
What do you think?
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