Tim Krul was forced off the pitch with nine minutes of the Kazakhstan v Holland match remaining on Saturday night.

The signs weren’t good, with intial media reports saying that it was believed to be a twisted knee.

It couldn’t have happened at a worse time, with Newcastle now facing a run of what have been described as ‘winnable’ games, right up until the start of December.

The next two weekends see United take on Norwich and Sunderland, judging by 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 a lot longer that the next fortnight.

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).

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.

tim krul

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.