Our Dutch International goalkeeper Tim Krul is on his long recovery from a ruptured ACL back to fitness and we’ll be happy enough if Tim is fit and ready to go for next season.
Tim is to be checked out soon by a specialist who will assess the progress he’s made since his surgery in October, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for that.
Tim Krul – injured playing for the Netherlands in October
In the mean time Tim was in the stands last Sunday to see the great 2-0 win over Liverpool and he has taken time to praise stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot who has been performing very well in his place since he came in against Norwich City.
This is what Tim has said on the Newcastle web-site today:
“I think he’s done great.” “It’s never easy just to step in, especially as the team wasn’t doing that well.”
“We’ve had some good results now, including his stand-out game against Bournemouth and a clean sheet against Liverpool.”
“He didn’t have too much to do at the weekend but he looks solid.” “He’s playing with a little niggle and that just shows you what character he has.”
“They always say goalies are a bit mad, but he has been playing with an injury and I think he’s done amazing.”
In the seven games Rob has played, we have three wins, three clean sheets and 10 points.
Rob Elliot still has that dodgy thigh of his and in the second half last Sunday we noticed he elected to throw the ball out rather than kick it out – and he did verify after the game his thigh was playing up a bit.
It’s been unlucky on our new goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who was out with a hamstring injury when Tim was injured and Rob got his chance – and he took it.
Newcastle may still bring in a goalkeeper next month and we could do that if Rob gets injured because then we would have Darlow and young Woodman available and that would put us in some jeopardy.
Rob has always played well when he’s played in the Newcastle first team and again he’s done a very good job for us so far this season.
And at least Rob turns up for every game too – unlike some of our other players this season.
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