Tim Krul is now 10 months into his recovery from injury and says that it has been agony in more ways than one.

The Dutch keeper says it was ‘horrible’ being hooked up to a machine and not able to move for seven hours a day, in the first seven weeks of his recovery – though that was made even worse by having to watch NUFC struggle on the pitch.

However, Tim Krul can now see light at the end of the tunnel for both himself and Newcastle United.

On a personal level Krul is expecting to join the other goalkeepers for training in the near future and thinks it was a big improvement ‘with the new gaffer coming in’.

Despite believing that the Championship is a tough league that can’t be underestimated, Tim Krul thinks Newcastle ‘…have an amazing squad to really push us back up where we belong’.

With less than 11 months remaining on his Newcastle contract and no news of any extension as yet, it remains to be seen exactly what the future does hold, for both Krul and Newcastle United.

Tim Krul speaking to NUFC TV:

“I’m nearly back, so it has been really enjoyable the last few weeks.

“Back outside with the goalie coach Simon Smith, working hard with Derek Wright – lots of running, nice to be back on the pitch. It has been full on. I feel stronger and my body is coping really well – my knee is better than it has been.

“Exciting times ahead to be back training and looking forward to joining the goalkeepers.

“The first seven weeks were horrible, I had to be on a machine seven hours a day – lying down on the sofa and wasn’t allowed to move.

“Wasn’t easy but I got through that and you really realise what you have got when you are playing – gave me that drive to come back stronger and I have.

“Can’t wait to be back on the pitch with the boys because that has been the difficult one – going left into the gym when the boys are going right onto the pitch.

“It was a hard season with my injury but results on the pitch didn’t exactly help. When you are playing you are responsible and you can do something about it.

“It was difficult for everyone involved with the club but things look much better with the new gaffer coming in. It is a big challenge and a difficult league but we have done it before and I was here last time.

“It is a difficult long road but I think we have an amazing squad to really push us back up where we belong. The Premier League is the best in the world but we shouldn’t underestimate this league because there are real top teams and also some teams having a right good go by spending a lot of money.

“This was a long and heavy injury  but it gave me a chance to see what I have missed as well because I have really got the hunger back to show what I am capable of again.

“They will probably give me another couple of weeks before I am back with the goalkeepers, then I think I will warm up with them then slowly get myself back in the swing of things with the team. Then friendly games, maybe the 21s, see what is available.”