Newcastle United have claimed that the injury to Tim Krul will cost the team up to 20 points this season.

Steve McClaren says he has lost of his best players who is vital to the team, though he also says that Rob Elliot is ‘very good in training’.

Whilst Tim Krul is clearly the best goalkeeper at the club, the Head Coach is overdoing it a bit, unless he thinks his back-up goalkeepers are really rubbish.

Krul is decent but the top form he consistently showed throughout the 2011/12 season is a very distant memory.

With Karl Darlow out for at least the next month, Rob Elliot has been handed an unexpected opportunity to extend his Newcastle career.

This upcoming run of easier looking games are likely to make or break Rob Elliot, as well as Newcastle United’s season.

After these opening eight games without a win you get the feeling that Newcastle might not have been to afford losing any points this season, so let’s hope that Steve McClaren’s 20 points disaster scenario proves to be a hollow worry.

Steve McClaren:

“It’s a massive blow for us, you’re talking about one of the best players in our team. He’s a vital player, very important, and he’d get us 18 or 20 points a season with the way he plays.

“To lose that is devastating. We’ve had a couple of days to get over it, but for him, the shock of starting to get injured is starting to appear. In the last day or two, he’s been a little bit down, but that’s football and he’ll recover.

“He’ll get the best treatment and a good operation, and we wish him well with that.

“In the meantime, it is time for Rob Elliot to step forward and fill Tim’s boots.

“He has to step up and perform. Rob is in as good condition as you can be without actually playing. He missed pre-season but has trained the last few weeks.

“There was the possibility of Rob going out on loan but I said to keep him here because we like him.

“He’s very good in training and now he has to produce in games.”