For those who hoped that Tim Krul leaving the pitch with nine minutes of Kazakhstan v Holland still remaining was just a precaution…
Sadly looking at images like the one below of the Newcastle keeper leaving the stadium on crutches, it appears to confirm the worst fears that he could be missing for some crucial weeks as a minimum.
The United keeper has picked up what looks a serious injury, initially reported as believed to be a twisted knee, and looks set to miss upcoming matches including the game at Sunderland in two weeks time.
This of course comes only days after Daryl Janmaat was forced to drop out of the Holland squad with a knee problem.
Tim Krul got a shock chance in the first team in today’s game v Kazakhstan only because of injury to first choice keeper Cillessen in the warm up and helped his side to a 2-1 win (score was 2-0 when he went off).
All looked positive for Newcastle and the Dutch as Georginio Wijnaldum put Holland one up (watch it here) in the 33rd minute in this vital qualifier.
However, Krul’s efforts look to have been in vain anyway, as later tonight Turkey won away against the Czech Republic. That result puts them two points clear with one game to play and Holland looking to have almost no chance of making the play-offs.
As for Newcastle, with Karl Darlow already injured, United look to be relying on Rob Elliot, the third choice keeper who has looked less than convincing in his 14 Premier League starts in four and a half years.
As Newcastle go into this vital run of ‘winnable’ matches, this is the last thing we all needed.