Steve McClaren has described the loss of top goalkeeper Tim Krul for the rest of the season as a bitter blow for Newcastle and it’s not only because Tim is a good goalkeeper but he is also one of the few leaders we have and therefore we will have even less leadership on the field and in the dressing.
That is indeed a bitter blow given how we’ve started the season with again a lack of leadership in the team.
Tim Krul – it’s a serious injury
The game was almost over on Saturday night with the Netherlands 2-0 up in Kazakhstan and then with just 10 minutes to play Tim seemed to fall awkwardly when he went for the ball and he didn’t get up, but clutched his knee.
It didn’t look good and there was pain on Tim’s face and we knew it was bad – but not quite as bad as it turned out to be.
It simply is a terrible injury that could keep Tim on the sidelines for up to a year.
This is what Steve McClaren has said on the Newcastle web-site:
“It’s a bitter blow for Tim and for us.” “I spoke to him on the morning of the game, he wasn’t playing and – selfishly – I thought that was good, because then he would be fit for us.”
“Then I got the news, the severity of the injury and how he did it, and it’s a massive blow.” “Tim is a big part of us – he’s a big player, a leader in the dressing room, and his goal was to establish himself in the Dutch side going forward.”
“We will miss him for the rest of the season, and he loses seven or eight months of his career.” “It’s going to be a very difficult time for him but Tim is strong, single-minded and he will come back from this injury.”
“I’ve seen plenty of players go through this and come back just as strong, so we have no worries or concerns about what Tim will go through.” “The treatment and rehab he will get from us will be first class.”
Newcastle have Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman available for Sunday’s important game at home to Norwich – and Karl Darlow is three or four weeks away from returning.
Newcastle cannot afford another injury to one of oiur fit goalkeepers and if we get an injury to one of our two fit goalkeepers we will be able to make an emergency signing.
It’s a terrible injury for Krul and it will hit the team this season – but Newcastle have to move on – and we could certainly do with all 3 points against Norwich City.