Newcastle United's Tim Krul outlines his return to first team action

Newcastle United's Tim Krul

The Netherlands goalkeeper has been out injured since last October.

Newcastle United's Tim KrulNewcastle United's Tim Krul

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has been speaking to the club website as he edges closer to a return from injury.

The Dutch international suffered a serious knee injury nearly a year ago, and missed the majority of a season which ended in devastating relegation for the club. 

But Krul is nearing a first-team return, revealing that he could be back training with the other goalkeepers within a couple of weeks.

"I’m nearly back,” a delighted Krul told

“The last few weeks have been really enjoyable - I’ve been back outside with the goalie coach Simon Smith, I’ve been working hard with Derek Wright doing a lot of running.

Newcastle's Tim Krul looks dejected at the end of the matchNewcastle's Tim Krul

"I feel stronger, my body is really coping well. My knee is obviously better than it has been so it’s exciting times ahead to be back training and I’m looking forward to maybe joining the [other goalkeepers] in the next week or two.

"Then I need some match fitness so I’ll have to play some friendly games - maybe the Under-21s. But I’m looking forward to getting that game time again."

Though it would have been agonising for the 28-year-old to see the club go down with him unable to help, it is certainly fair to say Newcastle suffered in his absence. Rob Elliott replaced the Dutchman initially until he too suffered a serious injury, leaving third choice Karl Darlow having to serve in his place as the Magpies experienced particularly major injury problems between the sticks.

Bafetimbi Gomis rounds Newcastle's Tim Krul to score the first goal for SwanseaBafetimbi Gomis rounds Newcastle's Tim Krul to score for Swansea

But things are looking rosier this season. With young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman also coming through, and Rafa Benitez signing Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels from Gent, Newcastle are certainly well-stocked in the goalkeeping department.

However, the prospect of a player returning who has appeared for the Magpies 193 times, already helped them to promotion from the Championship and also been to a World Cup is only ever going to be a positive for the club.

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