Tim Krul started only his second ever competitive match for Holland this past weekend.
His one word to describe the aftermath of it is…’devastated’.
The United goalkeeper is devastated he has torn his knee cruciate and especially devastated that he now can’t help his Newcastle teammates, in what has already been a traumatic (in football terms) season for both club and fans.
Despite being a regular in the Dutch squad, remarkably Tim Krul had only ever previously started one competitive game for his country (plus a few friendlies).
That came over three years ago in a 2-0 world cup qualifier over Turkey in 2012.
The script could have been written on Saturday night, first choice Jasper Cillessen is injured in the warm up, Newcastle’s Tim Krul unexpectedly given his chance against Kazakhstan on an artificial pitch.
With Newcastle already having second choice Karl Darlow out injured, arguably goalkeeper was the position that Newcastle could least afford to get an injury.
With only Rob Elliot now to choose from and 18 year old Freddie Woodman recalled from his loan spell at Crawley Town to go on the bench, this bears all the hallmarks of last season’s goalkeeping crisis/farce.
The only difference being that this time it comes on the back of eight games without a win, whereas a year ago Newcastle had just beaten Chelsea and weeks before completed a five game winning run in the Premier League.
Tim Krul releasing this official statement via the club:
“I am devastated the scan has confirmed my biggest fear that I have torn my knee cruciate playing for Holland.
“My recovery and hard work starts now to fully recover.”
Newcastle one of the top teams:
“I am devastated I cannot play a part on the pitch to help the team and turn the season around.
“I still believe the club can and should be up with the top teams.”