It must have been really tough for Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul over the last year, as he has been recovering from what turned out to be a very bad ruptured cruciate ligament in his knee.
He picked up the injury last October while playing for the Netherlands in a Euro 2016 qualifying game against Kazakhstan in Amsterdam.
Thirteen months later Tim played for the Ajax reserve team last night in Holland’s second tier of football and he’s on his way back playing once again – thank goodness.
Tim Krul – back playing again
It’s now the third game Tim has completed, as he gets in some match practice.
— Tim Krul (@TimKrul) November 21, 2016
Tim has been speaking to Voetbal International and yes – it’s been tough for the 28 year-old 8 times capped Dutch International.
He was asked the obvious question – how has it been these last twelve months:
“It really sucks. I have deep respect for guys like Kevin Strootman who had more than one cruciate ligament injury.”
“Mentally you’ve got to be hard, but fortunately it seems there is light at the end of the tunnel,”
The hope is that Tim can get playing in the Ajax first team this season and reestablish himself as a top goalkeeper.
If he can do that – and we hope he can – he may still have a career at Newcastle, although at the moment that looks doubtful.
Tim has played 185 times for Newcastle since signing on for us in 2005 from his home town club ADO Den Haag.
Newcastle currently have Karl Darlow, Matz Sels and Rob Elliot fighting it out for the first team goalkeeper jersey at Newcastle with Karl Darlow the start at the moment.
Let’s hope Tim can have a good season in Amsterdam and in any case we will see him back at Newcastle for pre-season, when hopefully we are back in the Premier League again.
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