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

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  • TheNutJob

    Best keeper we have, but the Mags keeps putting the guy down

  • Gareth Marshall

    Good news. Yes, Darlow shows promise but if you compare him to Krul, Krul is the superior player by some distance.

    We have seen other players improve under Benitez and I hope that the one are Krul has been criticised for in the past, his distribution, can be improved. If it can, Krul can push on to the next level and hopefully that will be wearing the black and white of Newcastle.

  • Paul Patterson

    Well you’re going to have start keeping some goals out then . .

    • Delashio

      Like every keeper einstein…..

  • Mrkgw

    A colleague related to someone within the club tells me otherwise and that he won’t be returning. It sounded definite. I hope that they are wrong as I would love to see Tim back in the first team.

  • 1957

    Tim’s future will depend on who is manager next season and which division we are in. If Benitez is in charge he will be surplus to requirements along with Mitro and Mbemba.

  • Delashio

    Be great to have you back tim. Come and show raffa what you can do and take it from there.