Tim Krul has talked since learning he is set for a long recovery after he has been diagnosed with a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury which will take anywhere from six months to nine months and maybe more to fully heal until the Newcastle goalkeeper can play again.
Tim said it was his biggest fear that he had indeed torn his cruciate ligament – the scans have confirmed that today.
Tim Krul – his worst fears realized
Tim wasn’t even supposed to play last night in Kazakhstan but during the warm up to the Euro 2016 qualifier goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen injured himself and in came Tim at short notice.
And the Dutch were 2-0 up and cruising to victory when Krul injured himself in the 81st minute when he fell awkwardly when challenging for the ball.
This is what Krul said on Sunday night as reported in the Chronicle:
“I am devastated the scan has confirmed my biggest fear that I have torn my knee cruciate playing for Holland.” “My recovery and hard work starts now to fully recover.”
“I am devastated I cannot play a part on the pitch to help the team and turn the season around.” “I still believe the club can and should be up with the top teams.”
Karl Darlow is also out with an ankle/foot injury and 18 year-old England U19 International goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has been recalled from his loan at Crawley Town.
Rob Elliott – who has never let Newcastle down when he’s come into the first team and so far played 28 times will be in goal against Norwich City next Sunday with Freddie on the bench.
Unfortunately for Rob the Republic of Ireland lost 2-1 in Poland tonight in the final group qualifier for the Euro 2016 Championships and if they are to qualify for the finals in France next summer it will be via the playoffs which they qualify for in 3rd place of Group D with 18 points.
The Norwich game is a vital game for Newcastle and we must start winning some games soon.
This is bad news for Tim Krul and bad news for Newcastle United.