Newcastle United goalkeeper, Tim Krul, has been ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, it has emerged.
The 27-year-old fell awkwardly on his right knee during the latter stages of the Netherlands’ 2-1 Euro 2016 Qualifying win over Kazakhstan on Saturday evening.
Newcastle have now confirmed the full extent of the shot-stopper’s injury, which will see him miss the remainder of the Premier League season.
“Tim Krul has been ruled out for the rest of the 2015/16 Premier League season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee”, a club statement said.
“The Dutch international had to be withdrawn after 81 minutes of the Netherlands’ European Championships qualification match at Kazakhstan’s Astana Arena on Saturday evening.”
“Scans have since determined the severity of the injury. Krul will now return to Tyneside for further treatment and rehabilitation.”
Dutch international, Krul, has vowed to start rehabilitation straight away, whilst also stating his sorrow at not being able to help turn his team’s season on its head. He released a statement on Twitter saying, “My recovery and hard work starts now to fully recover. I’m devastated I can’t play a part on the pitch to help the team turn this season around. I still believe this club can – and should – be up there with the top teams.”
With the Tyneside club bottom of the table and without a league win, the loss of Krul will come as a heavy blow as second choice ‘keeper Karl Darlow is also on the sidelines nursing a troublesome foot injury.
Due to the sudden lack of goalkeeping options, with Rob Elliot left as the only other senior goalie, the Magpies have recalled youngster Freddie Woodman from his loan spell at League Two side, Crawley Town.