Tim Krul says that there are particular challenges if you are long-term injured.
The Newcastle goalkeeper thinks that if you are out of action a few months then the recovery goes ‘quite fast’ – but it is a much more difficult task if you have been out for a year or more.
Now on-loan at AZ Alkmaar, Tim Krul, 16 months without a first team match, as his recovery progress came to an abrupt half when Ajax didn’t even name him on the first team bench in half season tehre.
This weekend, it is an emotional one for the keeper as he is set to play a competitive game for the first time against the club where he started off.
AZ host ADO Den Haag who Tim Krul left when he was 17 to join Newcastle United.
With only one win in nine games in normal time – plus the penalty shootout semi-final match in the domestic cup, it has been tough going for Krul, and he has now conceded 22 goals in only five weeks so far at AZ Alkmaar.
Den Haag are second bottom of the table and Krul & AZ will be looking to improve on the sixth place they have recently dropped to in the Dutch league.
As for his future plans, Tim Krul confirmed that the only place he is thinking about once this season is over, is getting back to Newcastle United and seeing if he can re-establish himself there after getting some more games under his belt in Holland.
Tim Krul speaking to Omroepwest:
“If you have only a few months off, then it (the recovery) all goes quite fast – but if it is more than a year, you feel it in your body.
“That’s a great for me of course (playing ADO Fen Haag on Sunday).
“I played there from my ninth to seventeenth year, so that is very special for me.
“I know a number of guys, Robert Zwinkels, who is still there, so yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to it.
“(Asked about future plans) Newcastle is where I’m going to go in the summer.”
Tim Krul’s nine matches at AZ Alkmaar so far:
4 February – AZ 2 PSV 4
12 February – Heerenveen 1 AZ 2
16 February – AZ 1 Lyon 4
19 February – Willem ll 1 AZ 1
23 February – Lyon 7 AZ 1
26 February – AZ 1 PEC Zwolle 1
2 March – AZ 0 Cambuur 0 (AZ win 3-2 on penalties)
5 March – AZ 1 Excelsior 1
12 March – Feyenoord 5 AZ 2