Tim Krul has revealed when he is due back with the first team and also the agonies of watching  this season from the sidelines.

The Dutch keeper describes this season as ‘horrible’, both in terms of his long-term injury and the terrible season on the pitch.

Tim Krul says that he expects to be back for pre-season with the first team in readiness for the new season.

With six months since the operation, Krul says that another three months of work are scheduled, which would take us into July when the players usually regroup in readiness for the new season.

For information only…The Championship kicks off on 6 August 2016 and the Premier League a week later, so hopefully Tim Krul has the benefit of that extra week…

Asked about what Rafa Benitez has brought to Newcastle United, Tim Krul says ‘I think we are proper fighting each other again and there is the right energy in the team’.

With four points from six, the Newcastle goalkeeper thinks this can put pressure on Norwich and Sunderland in the coming weeks but that United stills have ‘four big finals’ themselves to look forward to.

Asked about the debate Jamaal Lascelles sparked about some players not giving it everything, Tim Krul said that total commitment is the very minimum and ‘the fight should always be there’.

Tim Krul taking to Sky Sports:

Massive result I think, four points in two games and a big step. I think we are right in the mix again – a massive four games coming up.”

‘Are you seeing big differences in recent games with the new Manager?’

“I think we are proper fighting for each other again and there is the right energy in the team – we didn’t stop until the end there.

“3-0 at the weekend and then 1-1 here, they are big points and four big finals left.”

Are you pleased to see that fight because even in the dressing room it was questioned?’

“Well that is the minimum I think, the fight should always be there and the boys have shown that.

“So the commitment is there, the gaffer and his assistants have come in and that is one of the biggest points they have been pushing on.”

Some big players dropped, how will that affect the ones being left out and the ones playing?’

As long as we get the results, that is the most important thing. 

“The ones who are ready are ready and the Manager decides that. Everybody is fighting for the same cause and that is staying up – only one aim at the moment.”

‘Still believe?’

“Yes, definitely, only two points behind Norwich so I think we can have a right go and hopefully that makes them a little more nervous.”

‘How have you been getting on?’

“Six months this week since the operation and think another three months left.

“So hopefully pre-season I will be back with the team training outside. I can’t wait, it has been a long road.”

‘How has it been?’

“Horrible. A long season, especially with the results. So it has been hard and a few more nerves in the coming weeks.”