The idea was for Tim Krul to get plenty of practice at AZ Alkmaar after no games in half a season at Ajax.
However, the Newcastle United loan keeper is now looking more likely to have a bad case of a bad back than any aggravation of his knee ligament injury.
Thursday night saw Krul’s fifth first team appearance in the colours of AZ Alkmaar and one he’ll want to forget.
Losing 4-1 in the first leg at home, Tim Krul and AZ had it all to do at Lyon in their Europa League second-leg match, but what transpired was a shocker.
The stats don’t actually look too bad with Lyon having 57% possession to AZ’s 43%, 15 shots to the Dutch team’s 11, with 9 on target compared to 5 for AZ.
However, of those nine shots on target, Tim Krul ended up picking seven of them out of the back of his net.
The Eredivisie club’s defence was shocking but the goalkeeper no/little better, when reviewing the match L’Equipe gave Tim Krul two out of 10 for his performance.
The five matches for AZ have seen Krul concede 17 goals, which becomes 23 in six games if you include his last start for Newcastle when Manchester City hit six and Sergio Aguero five in that 6-1 defeat.
It remains to be seen what happens on Sunday when AZ face PEC Zwolle in their next match, whether they will keep faith with the Newcastle keeper or take him out of the firing line.
At the other end of the pitch you wonder what Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was making of it, the former Newcastle defender now first choice at Lyon. The French club currently fourth in Ligue 1 and who drew Roma in the Europa League last 16 draw today (Friday).