Newcastle United likely to receive injury boost for trip to Chelsea

Tim Krul

Tim Krul has been sidelined since November with an ankle injury but could return to the side for the meeting with Chelsea this weekend.

Newcastle United could receive a welcome injury boost this weekend when they travel to West London to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with goalkeeper Tim Krul in line to make a return to the side. 

The Dutchman has been sidelined with an ankle injury recently, and hasn't played for the Magpies since the 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers in November.

That was the last of a five game winning run and Newcastle have failed to keep a clean sheet in his absence with Rob Elliot - who tore his thigh - and John Alnwick deputising.

It is huge news for Newcastle as they go to Stamford Bridge in the hope they'll become the first side in the league this season to leave with something to show for their efforts.

According to the Shields Gazette there are likely to be other players available who missed the defeat to Leicester City in the third round of the FA Cup in the form of Jack Colback, Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat and Fabricio Coloccini. 

Krul is one of the more highly rated goalkeepers in the Premier League and Newcastle will be delighted to have him back. There have been times when they have had to be thankful for their Dutch stopper for the work he does between the posts, such as last season's win against Tottenham at White Hart Lane when Krul pulled off a string of fine saves to preserve a 1-0 lead.

It may take a similar kind of performance if Newcastle are to leave Stamford Bridge with anything. They can go their with confidence in the knowledge that their opponents can be beaten, having become the first side to get the better of Jose Mourinho's team this season in a 2-1 win last month.

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