Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul ruled out for up to six weeks with ankle injury

Tim Krul

Krul missed the weekend's 1-0 defeat to West Ham United, and adds to a worrying injury situation for Newcastle United. He could miss games against Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea, amongst others.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has been ruled out for six weeks with an ankle injury.

The injury to Krul represents a big blow to Alan Pardew's side, as Newcastle have as many as 11 players who could be ruled out of this week's game against Burnley at Turf Moor.

Krul was replaced in goal by Robert Lee and is expected to be in goal for the immediate future.

Manager Alan Pardew said after the weekend's 1-0 defeat to West Ham United: "Rob Elliot will be in goal for the next four or five games."

The Dutchman will not only miss the clash against Burnley, but huge games against Newcastle United and Arsenal in the coming weeks as the Magpies try to sustain the good form that has brought them in to the top half of the table, and relieved the pressure on Pardew.

He is also likely to miss the trip to Manchester United on boxing day, a League Cup tie against Tottenham, the Tyne/Wear derby against Sunderland at St James's Park and the home clash against Everton which concludes 2014 for the club.

The current injury list for Newcastle does not make pretty reading with Fabricio Colocciini, Ryan Taylor, Gabriel Obertan and Daryl Janmaat amongst the most high profile first team players that are currently sidelined.

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