Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul is relishing the prospect of returning to competitive action this weekend.
The Netherlands international has been sidelined for the past six weeks with an ankle injury he picked up during training.
Krul made his comeback in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Celtic’s youth team at Newcastle’s Benton-based Training Centre on Thursday, featuring in the opening 45 minutes.
The 26-year-old is available for the Magpies’ Premier League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and he is looking forward to it, admitting that it was not easy watching from the sidelines.
“My ankle is feeling really good,” Krul told Newcastle’s official website. “It’s strong and I'm not feeling any problem at all. I'm dying to be back because I'm not very good at watching games from the sidelines.
“We've got a great game on Saturday against Chelsea so hopefully I can get through the next couple of days and be back in contention for the weekend. I've been training hard to be back and hopefully the moment is there on Saturday.”
Newcastle are currently 10th in the Premier League table with 27 points from 20 matches.