It is now 13 months and counting since Tim Krul played his last competitive football, losing 6-1 at the Etihad with Newcastle before heading off and picking up a serious knee injury when playing for Holland in Kazakhstan.

Ajax have now reported that the Newcastle keeper kept a clean sheet on his ‘unofficial debut’ for the Dutch club, Tim Krul playing in a behind closed doors friendly on Thursday afternoon in a 2-0 win over Achilles ’29.

When Krul signed up for a year’s loan at Ajax, he signed a one year extension to his Newcastle contract, meaning he will still have a year left to run when we reach next summer.

With already three months of the season gone, the goalkeeper and the two clubs will be hoping the next six months are more productive.

Taking it one step at a time, Tim Krul says it was ‘Good to get my first 90 minutes’ but the ‘Hard work continues’.

Good luck to the Newcastle keeper on his recovery.

Ajax official site report:

‘An Ajax team on Thursday won a behind closed doors exhibition game with Achilles ’29.

Two goals from Mateo Cassierra for a 2-0 win.

Tim Krul kept a clean sheet on his unofficial debut.

Score: 2-0 Cassierra(2)

Ajax line-up: Krul, Tete, Westermann, Riedewald, Dijk, Eiting, Bazoer (46 Dankerlui), De Jong, Walian, Cassierra, Clement (61 Bay)

Tim Krul commented after the game:

“Good to get my first 90 minutes.

“Friendly game, clean sheet.

“Hard work continues.”

The last competitive club match Tim Krul was involved in before injury when playing for the Netherlands, was the 6-1 defeat for Newcastle at Manchester City in October 2015.

The ultimate target now for Krul will be to build towards targeting the current Ajax number one, Andre Onana.

The on-loan Newcastle keeper recently took part in a practice match between two teams of Ajax players and now he had taken part in a friendly against outside opposition, the next stage is likely to be playing for the Ajax reserve team who actually play in that second tier of Dutch football, along with the likes of Achilles ’29.