Photo: Tim Krul training with Ivan Toney, posts encouraging Twitter message

Tim Krul

The Newcastle goalkeeper is stepping up his comeback bid.

It's been a long while since Tim Krul played for Newcastle United.

So reliable has Rob Elliot been, fans may be used to him being no.1 even when the Dutchman returns.

The Magpies have been lucky, of course, that their deputy shot stopper has done so well in Krul's absence. But the 27-year-old's knee injury was still a huge blow earlier this season and he is working hard on the comeback trail.

Indeed, he posted a picture on Twitter on Friday afternoon with an encouraging message, as he trained alongside 19-year-old Newcastle talent Ivan Toney.

Krul was lucky internationally, as his injury blow won't force him to miss Euro 2016 - the Netherlands didn't qualify.

But he will be watching on in agony as Newcastle languish in the relegation zone. It would be cruel for the Dutchman to return to first-team action with the Tyneside outfit playing Championship football next season.

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