Belfast Telegraph

Krul on road to recovery

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is already targeting the start of the new season as he continues his recovery from surgery.

The 25-year-old Holland international missed the final five games of the last campaign after dislocating his shoulder during the 3-0 derby defeat by Sunderland on April 14.

Krul underwent an operation a few days later and then started the long process of working his way back to full fitness, but he revealed via his Twitter account that he has been able to step up his rehabilitation. Krul tweeted: "Just finished my first proper gym session of the new season. Shoulder is coming on well. Can't wait for season to start."

The Dutchman has fully justified manager Alan Pardew's decision to install him as his number one keeper two summers ago, when he replaced Steve Harper in the box seat.

He made 31 appearances last season, despite missing seven games with a nasty ankle injury sustained in the 1-0 Europa League victory over Metalist Kharkiv in Ukraine on February 21, before his campaign came to a premature conclusion.

Harper and Rob Elliot deputised when Krul was unavailable or rested, but the 38-year-old will formally leave the club after 20 years on July 1 when his contract expires, leaving Elliot and youngster Jak Alnwick to provide the back-up.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph