It’s not looking good for Newcastle as Tim Krul was forced off in the 81st minute tonight in the game in Kazakhstan with what looks like it could be a serious knee injury and Karl Darlow is already out with a foot injury so Newcastle will have to rely on third choice Rob Elliot next Sunday against Norwich, should Tim not be fit.
Dutch manager Danny Blind said it looks like Tim has picked up a bad knee injury and Tim left the ground on crutches.
Tim Krul – serious injury
Newcastle had a similar crisis last December when we lost both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot to injury and young Jak Alnwick had to come in and play eight games.
There may be more news tonight but we’ll just have to wait and see how badly Tim’s injury is but he was shaking his head when the medics were treating him on the field and he seemed to be in some pain.
Here’s what Danny Blind said after the game when he was worried by all the injuries the Netherlands now have:
“It looks like nothing normal happens any more. This is getting extreme now,” “First there was Jasper’s injury when we were warming up and then later on Tim got injured as well. It looks like a bad injury.”
“We are missing about 15 players now.” “But I have seen players getting injured all over the globe in qualifiers.”
This is exactly what we didn’t want with the team struggling to get any wins on the board after eight league games and bottom of the league.
Certainly Steve McClaren will be calling the Dutch management to see just how bad this injury is – and if it’s a bad one Newcastle may have to call Freddie Woodman back from his loan at Crawley Town.
That’s assuming the contract allows us to do that.
Jeroen Zoet came on when Krul was forced to leave the field and it looked like the injury could be a bad one.
Rob Elliot hasn’t played for Newcastle so far this season so he could well get his chance against Norwich City a week tomorrow.
This is not good news for Newcastle.