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Newcastle's recent upturn in form came to a crashing halt on Tuesday night, as Everton came to the North East and left with three points in an impressive 3-0 victory over Alan Pardew's side, and the bad news keeps on coming for the Magpies, as Pardew confirmed that goalkeeper Tim Krul will be sidelined with a knee injury.
"Tim won't play," Pardew said. "He's out for these next two or three games for sure, so Rob Elliot will come in."
The Newcastle boss, who was once again serving part of his ban for headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler on Tuesday, has also plead with the Magpies faithful to be patient with Dutch striker Luuk de Jong, who has still yet to find the back of the net since his January loan move from Borussia Monchengladbach.
“Our fans need to be patient with Luuk,” Pardew said. “He’s had a terrible time in Germany in terms of not playing. He needs to have that understanding. He’s finding his feet and finding his confidence."
“I know he likes the environment that he has found himself in, and players flourish when they start enjoying their football. Hopefully he can start doing that again.”
Despite fans already doubting de Jong's ability, midfielder Vurnon Anita says he hopes the club make the former Twente man's move a permanent one in the summer. The pair have featured together for the Dutch national team, and Anita believed that the striker has talent.
“I think Luuk wants to stay beyond the end of the season, and I hope that happens,” said Anita. “He is a very good player, and I think he wants to show everyone that.
“He came in January, and right from the start, he has been doing everything he can to prove himself here at Newcastle. I think he is doing that and I think it would be good for everybody if he could stay past the end of his deal on loan.”