As expected it looks like Newcastle will have to recall 18 year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman from his loan spell at Crawley Town after Tim Krul has picked up what looks like a serious knee injury playing for the Netherlands last night in Kazakhstan in the 2-1 win for the Dutch.
Freddie Woodman in action for Crawley Town
It’s not good news for Newcastle that Tim could be out for quite a while, but there’s no prognosis on the knee injury as yet.
Second choice goalkeeper Karl Darlow is also out injured with an ankle/foot injury and on Physioroom.com he has no predicted return date from the injury.
This will be a huge opportunity for Rob Elliot who could well make the Ireland squad if they qualify for the European 2016 Championships in France next summer.
Ireland play in Poland today in the final group game with both teams tied on 18 points, just one point behind Germany – who Ireland beat 1-0 on Thursday in Dublin for a famous win.
If Ireland don’t finish in the top two they can still qualify via the playoffs with a third-place finish in Group D.
Freddie will be the substitute goalkeeper on Sunday against Norwich City, and the teenager looked very good in preseason and he’s a very capable young goalkeeper who looks to have a great future in the game.
Freddie is on England U19 duty at the moment with Adam Armstrong.
England have won both their qualifying games for the European U19 Championships next summer in Germany, winning 2-0 against host country Macedonia and 1-0 against Finland in Skopje – two clean sheets for Freddie.
But we need to hear exactly what damage Tim has done to his knee and how long he will be out for.
But whenever Rob Elliot has come in he has never let the side down, and only recently he said he wanted to stay on Tyneside and fight for his place – so that’s always good to hear.