Newcastle United’s Tim Krul ruled out for the rest of season with cruciate Ligament injury.
Newcastle United have been dealt a major blow after confirming that goalkeeper Tim Krul will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.
Newcastle United may be the bottom of the Premier League table that counts but, with 13 senior professionals on the treatment table, they top the division’s “injury charts”.
The 27-year-old limped off during Holland’s 2-1 win over Kazakhstan on Saturday and left the Astana Arena on crutches.
The Magpies have already acted upon the news, with the inexperienced Freddie Woodman having his loan spell with Crawley curtailed in order to provide back-up for second choice keeper Rob Elliot.
Krul was in agony after falling awkwardly on the artificial turf after 80 minutes, in a game he only played in after first-choice Dutch stopper Jasper Cillessen pulled out during the warm-up.
Following scans on his injured right knee, the goalkeeper will now set sit out the rest of the Barclays Premier League campaign as Newcastle’s struggles continue.
Although Krul’s injury was the sort of unfortunate accident that happens in football – and particularly on treacherously unforgiving surfaces – Newcastle have suffered from an unusual amount of muscle and soft tissue problems over the past decade.
No one can do anything about the impact injuries which represent one of the game’s foremost occupational hazards but there have been far too many of the non-impact variety on Tyneside in recent years.
Assorted managers including Graeme Souness, Alan Shearer and Alan Pardew have been driven to distraction by their dwindling, often job-threatening, selection options. Like Sam Alllardyce before him, Pardew, experimented with ice baths, hoping they would help accelerate players’ recovery from matches and training but, still, the club’s excellent physiotherapy staff continued working overtime.
The news couldn’t have come at a worse time for Steve McClaren, with No 2 Karl Darlow currently out injured with a foot injury and his return not yet pencilled in.
Republic of Ireland international Rob Elliot is in line to deputise in Krul’s absence but the Magpies are desperately short of options between the sticks.
McClaren’s attempt to succeed where his predecessors failed has seen the manager change the coaching itinerary at the training ground. Nowadays the players undertake the vast majority of their physical work early in the week with sessions becoming increasingly less intense as Saturday approaches.
Thursdays are now a standard day off but, so far at least, this potentially key alteration is taking the time to make an impact. If a truncated pre-season featuring a long-haul tour to the United States which McClaren feels “cost a week” of potential preparation time has arguably wreaked havoc with the team’s physical health now the autumn leaves are falling, 13 injured players is still an awful lot at this stage of the league programme. Arguably of even greater concern is the fact that seven of those sidelined have muscle/soft tissue complaints.
Significantly, Manchester City and Manchester United, the two teams immediately behind Newcastle in the “injury charts”, appear in considerably better overall shape, having eight and seven professionals sidelined respectively. Meanwhile, a cluster of sides has six receiving treatment.