Bad news for Newcastle United. Club’s no.1 Dutch goalkeeper Tim krul suffered serious knee injury during Netherlands ’euro qualifier match against Kazakhstan.
They are already without no.2 goalkeeper Karl Barlow due to foot injury and the former Nottingham Forest stopper is nowhere to return soon. That means it’s completely a goalkeeper crisis due to FIFA injury virus.
Medical reports saying the Dutch keeper will be sidelined for few weeks as he left the stadium on crutches, which appears to confirm the worst fears for the Magpies. The 26-year-old landed awkwardly on his knee, left the field in definite pain in the 80th minute of a 2-1 victory in their euro 2016 qualifying clash before replaced by Jeroen Zoet.
Later Tim posted the following message on Twitter:
“Gutted to come off with an injury tonight. Thanks for all the get well wishes. I will know more about the extent of the injury after scans.”
Netherlands manager Danny Blind also confirmed the seriousness of the injury, “it looks like a bad injury. Tim landed the wrong way.”
If Krul’s injury is as much serious as it looks like now, then Newcastle United has no other choice, they have to promote a youngster on the bench in the upcoming fixture against Norwich City next weekend. Currently Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is planning to call on third choice goalkeeper Rob Elliot who is yet to play a single minute of first-team football this season.