Tim Krul has been told that it is likely to be another six weeks before he has any chance of playing first team football.
Ajax Manager Peter Bosz says that the Newcastle loan player maybe needs protecting from himself – because he is so eager to play and get his career back on track.
Bosz says that there is a ‘big difference’ between playing for ‘Young Ajax’ (reserves) and the first team.
However, he says that medically there is nothing wrong with Tim Krul, only that he has to be patient after such a serious injury.
Krul has now played four games for the Ajax second string who play in the second tier of Dutch football, so it is very competitive.
Peter Bosz declared the last game as ‘awesome’ with Young Ajax beating SC Cambuur 3-1 away from home , with a tough test for Tim Krul on an artificial pitch, the same surface he suffered his cruciate ligament injury on.
The Ajax boss has indicated that at the earliest it will be after the winter break when Tim Krul will be maybe ready to challenge for the first team, Ajax playing in the Eredivisie on 18 December before a four week break.
More likely for Krul will be two more games for Young Ajax before the break, the first of those a clash against Young PSV on Friday night, where theoretically Tim Krul could face Siem de Jong.
The task for Tim Krul could be even harder than anticipated because 20 year old Andre Onana has grasped his chance and only conceded 11 goals in 15 league matches – PSV the only one to concede less. Feyenoord and Ajax are level on points with PSV six behind.
After the winter break ends, it will be over 15 months since Tim Krul picked up his serious injury – so fingers crossed he will shortly be playing first team football and getting back on track. The keeper contracted at Newcastle United until June 2018 as things currently stand.
Peter Bosz speaking to Ajax TV:
‘Medically there is no problem but there is a big difference between Ajax and Young Ajax (reserves).
“Things are getting better but there is still a long way before he is clear.
“Also, not every cruciate ligament injury can be compared.
“The difficulty with Krul is that he is so eager, which I understand. Sometimes you have to protect him from himself – he had a serious injury.
“The game v SC Cambuur was awesome. It was a game with a good opponent and another on artificial turf, on which sustained his injury, he also had a lot to do. “