The Mail are reporting that Newcastle United have been dealt a major injury blow to first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul who has been diagnosed with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injury and is out for the rest of the season.
An ACL knee injury is a really bad injury which used to end careers not so long ago – so it really is a serious injury if the Mail are accurate in their reporting.
The Mail report is that scans on the knee have come back and shown it is an ACL injury and he will be out long term.
Tim Krul – reported to have ACL knee injury
The 27-year-old came off in the 81st minute of the game during Holland’s 2-1 win over Kazakhstan last night and he looked in a lot of pain as he was being treated on the pitch and then on the sidelines.
Krul went for the ball in the 81st minute and seemed to fall awkwardly and twist his knee and it looked bad when he didn’t get up.
But then when he held his knee and the agony was shown on his face as he was given treatment on the field – it didn’t look good.
Tim was then shaking his head as the medics were taking a look at the knee and it was obvious he couldn’t continue.
That’s really bad news for the Dutch International.
In the short-term, Rob Elliot will be in goal for Newcastle at home to Norwich City next Sunday, with 18 year-old Freddie Woodman being recalled from his loan spell at Crawley Town to be on the bench for the game.
Second choice goalkeeper Karl Darlow is already out injured with a foot/ankle injury with no return date on Physioroom.com.
Injuries are again decimating the Newcastle squad once again with 13 players listed as injured on Physioroom.com
It could well be that Tim is operated on in the US at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado where Ryan Taylor was eventually sent when he picked up the second of his two ACL injuries.
Dr. Richard Steadman is a recognized world authority on knee injuries and he has operated on Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Ronaldo (Brazil), Ruud van Nistelrooy, Owen Hargreaves and Ryan Taylor among other top footballers.
This is very bad news for Tim Krul – that’s the first thing – and it’s also bad news for Newcastle United.
We hope Tim will make a full and complete recovery from this serious injury.