Tim Krul won’t play for Newcastle again this season following his injury sustained on international duty for Holland.

After scans were carried out, The Mail report that they confirm the goalkeeper has cruciate ligament damage and won’t be available until next season.

Krul was forced off the pitch with nine minutes of the Kazakhstan v Holland match remaining on Saturday night, after falling awkwardly on the artificial pitch.

Netherland manager Danny Blind said after the game that the injury looked a bad one.

Considering how few games he has played for Holland, Tim Krul must have one of the worst injuries sustained to minutes played records in international football, as he has returned after international breaks at least twice with injuries picked up in training.

Later last night, Tim Krul used his Twitter account to thank fans for messages of support and to say that he is set to have scans to get to the bottom of how serious the injury is.

Tim Krul:

“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.”

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 last night’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).

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.

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As for Newcastle, with Karl Darlow already injured, United look to be relying on Rob Elliot at least in the short-term, the third choice keeper who has looked less than convincing in his 14 Premier League starts in four and a half years.