Tim Krul suffered a serious knee injury of his ACL on October 11th last year towards the end of the 2-1 win in Kazakhstan, so it’s now a full 11 months that Tim has been out.
That’s one reason we don’t expect his Newcastle team-mate Rob Elliott to be back much before the end of the year, after Rob Elliot suffered a similar type of injury playing for Ireland on March 30th.
Rob’s injury is generally thought to be not quite as bad as Tim’s, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Tim Krul suffers the injury in Kazakhstan last October 11th
Rafa Benitez wanted Tim to have playing time this season and so he sent him out on loan to Ajax after first choice Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen signed on at Barcelona.
Rafa’s plan is now to assess the goalkeepers next summer and decide which one can leave permanently between Tim, Rob Elliott, new signing Matz Sels and Karl Darlow – all good goalkeepers
Tim has acted so professionally this summer and he has been speaking to Ajax TV and has described his situation:
“I’ve done a lot of testing in the last few days and it is going very well. The facilities are top-notch and the medical staff is superb.”
“I still have to build for a few more weeks and I’m taking it day by day.” “We’ll see how things go, but I want to make sure by the end of September I am right. A little push should be all that is needed.”
“With the fitness coach of Newcastle I have been working together for three years. He knows all my data, so it’s perfect that we have a clear plan with the medical staff.”
“I am glad that the fitness coach could explain to Ajax how we did it there.”
So all being well we should see Tim back playing again at the end of this month.
Rob Elliot came into the first team last October to deputize for Tim because Karl Darlow was injured at the time – and he did great and was our Player of the Season and has just signed a long-term deal to stay on Tyneside.
Tim Krul was given a one year extension to his contact in the summer so he now has just under two years left on his contract and it’s all more evidence of how well Rafa Benitez thinks things through.
Young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has to stay at Newcastle until Rob Elliot is fit again, but hopefully Freddie will go out on loan in January to get first team games that will aid in his development.
Rafa wants Freddie at the club in case either Matz Sels or Karl Darlow are injured and before Rob is fully fit again.
So Newcastle seem like a well organized club these days and Tim is also gaining from Ajax being a very well run club in all areas.
Tim is in good hands and we’ll have to see how he does this season at Ajax – we are hoping he can return to top form and make Rafa’s decision next summer a difficult one.