Saturday 20 January 2018

Serious knee injury rules Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul out for rest of season

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul suffered a season-ending knee injury while playing for Holland
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul suffered a season-ending knee injury while playing for Holland

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury, the club have confirmed.

Assessments have revealed the 27-year-old ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Holland's Euro 2016 qualifier in Kazakhstan on Saturday.

A club statement added that Krul will now return to Tyneside for further treatment and rehabilitation.

The news is a serious blow for Magpies manager Steve McClaren, who is already without second-choice keeper Karl Darlow due to a foot injury.

The statement added: "Everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery."

Krul suffered the injury when he landed awkwardly on the artificial surface and was forced off after 81 minutes of Holland's 2-1 win at the Astana Arena.

Newcastle have also announced that 18-year-old Freddie Woodman has been recalled from his loan spell at League Two Crawley.

The club have endured a poor start to the season and are bottom of the Barclays Premier League without a win after eight games.

Krul released a statement via Twitter which read: "I'm devastated the scan has confirmed my biggest fear that I have torn my knee cruciate playing for Holland in the game vs Kazakhstan last night. My recovery and hard work starts now to fully recover.

"I'm devastated I can't play a part on the pitch to help the team turn this season around. I still believe this club can and should be up there with the top teams."

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