Newcastle United crock Tim Krul says he is coming off crutches this week

Tim Krul

The Newcastle goalie has been on crutches since October.

Newcastle United have been struck by injury problems in the goalkeeping department for the past 18 months.

Tim Krul struggled with injury issues last term and this season might be over for the Dutchman.

He suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury whilst playing for Holland in October and had to undergo surgery on the problem.

Speaking to the Newcastle United website yesterday he discussed a major milestone in his recovery - as he gets set to come off of crutches for the first time in over two months.

He stated:

"It's nearly two months since the op and I'm coming off crutches in the next few days.

"I'm seeing the surgeon this week, so hopefully he's going to give me the green light to kick on my recovery.

"I'll be allowed to drive then - that'll be nice, to get out of the house and give my wife a break. It'll be good just to get more mobile, really."

This is of course wonderful for Krul on a personal level as he prepares to take a big step forward off the pitch, that will no doubt boost his confidence.

Regarding his time on the pitch there is still no telling exactly when he will be back in action.

Krul's injury is very serious and recovery times vary for this dreaded ailment, which is the fear of all professional footballers.

Newcastle United fans will be lucky to see him back in action for the club at any point this season but will be pleased to hear he is taking his recovery in his stride.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch