John Carver makes encouraging comment about Newcastle prospect Freddie Woodman

John Carver has backed Newcastle teenager Freddie Woodman.

Former Newcastle boss John Carver has told The Chronicle that teenage goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has a 'bright future' at St. James' Park.

The Magpies are currently in the midst of a goalkeeping crisis, with first choice stopper Tim Krul ruled out for the rest of the season after injuring knee ligaments whilst on international duty with the Netherlands on Saturday evening.

As if that wasn't bad enough, second choice goalkeeper Karl Darlow is also on the sidelines with a foot injury, meaning Rob Elliot looks set to become the first choice stopper for the foreseeable future.

Manager Steve McClaren has also been forced in to recalling young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman from his loan spell at Crawley Town, with the 18-year-old now needed to provide cover for Elliot.

Woodman, who signed for Newcastle from Crystal Palace in 2013, featured on the bench for the Magpies last season, and it was former manager John Carver who gave him that opportunity.

Now, with Woodman thrust in to the limelight following his return to Newcastle, Carver has offered some encouraging comments to The Chronicle about the teenager, suggesting that he has a bright future ahead of him, and believes he is ready to be on the bench in the Premier League.

"Freddie Woodman is a total pro. He does all the right things," said Carver. "I stuck Woodman on the bench. I was that confident he wouldn’t let me down. He’s got a bright future," he added.

He may not be pressed in to starting action, but Woodman needs to be ready in case of yet another injury to a Newcastle goalkeeper - and Carver's comments should give Newcastle fans belief that the 18-year-old can fulfil his role in the coming weeks.

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch