Really Good News For Newcastle’s On-Loan Star


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.

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Tim Krul – back playing again

It’s now the third game Tim has completed, as he gets in some match practice.

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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5 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #1

    He might have his flaws but he’s still a better keeper than what we have on hand.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #2

    35bettyswallocks // Nov 22, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Jib…….. Many of us understood the pragmatic way they were doing things but accepting it is another matter. We are very fortunate to have stumbled across Rafa and our new found hope but it wouldn’t have happened if we had just remained bumbling along as we were before.

    Surely to be competetive in every game we play is the true aim for any sporting institution.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Tsunki
    FINE I will stop laughing at Jib and come back to talk football haha

    Aye Krul should still be the best we’ve got unless the injury has taken something out of his game but equally Id be hard pushed to find fault with Darlows performances lately (even in the PL)

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  • BeeGuy

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #4

    Krul is a damn fine goalkeeper. He has the time in between the sticks which gives him quite an advantage on younger keepers.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Krul imo is far too used to 4+ hidings and is part of that long standing losing mentality, no fault of his own but that’s the way it is, absolute disgrace the way he joked with Defoe after that goal, should have had a face like thunder, but that’s going over old ground.

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