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Newcastle chief Steve McClaren rues the loss of Tim Krul ahead of Norwich City clash

06:55 16 October 2015

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren admits Tim Krul

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren admits Tim Krul's season-ending injury is a massive blow. Picture: PA

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Steve McClaren fears Newcastle may have lost up to 20 Premier League points as a result of keeper Tim Krul’s knee injury.

The Holland international will be missing for Norwich City’s televised visit on Sunday after damaging an anterior cruciate ligament in his country’s Euro 2016 qualifying win in Kazakhstan last weekend.

“It’s a massive blow for us, you’re talking about one of the best players in our team. He’s a vital player, very important, and he’d get us 18 or 20 points a season with the way he plays,” said McClaren. “To lose that is devastating. We’ve had a couple of days to get over it, but for him, the shock of starting to get injured is starting to appear. In the last day or two, he’s been a little bit down, but that’s football and he’ll recover.

“He’ll get the best treatment and a good operation, and we wish him well with that. In the meantime, it’s time for Rob Elliot to step forward and fill his boots. He needs to step up and perform.”

Krul’s loss could hardly have come at a worse time, with Newcastle propping up the table with no wins from their opening eight fixtures, and McClaren could be forgiven for bemoaning his luck after Krul was originally named on the bench for his country before a late call-up to replace Jasper Cillessen.

“When that happened, people who have worked here for many years were saying, ‘For some reason, it’s always Newcastle’. Here, it just seems to be one disaster after another,” he said. “But you have to get on with it. This is football, and this is what happens.

“I couldn’t believe the text I got on Saturday evening. It was incredible because I’d just spoken to Tim earlier in the day to wish him luck, and he’d said he was on the bench and wouldn’t be playing. I said, ‘Well, at least you’ll be fit for next week’. So to get that text didn’t exactly make my night.”

3 comments

  • Life is 'Krul' eh, McClaren? Talk about getting your excuses in early. If Krul is worth 20 points a season, this must really please and motivate his replacement (Elliot, I think). Let's add to McClaren's woes on Sunday.

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    Kent Anglian

    Friday, October 16, 2015

  • Moan, moan....Mclaren is no different to many football managers! Is it a football virus they catch ?!!! As you say AN breaks the mould, positive and sensible in his comments. He also avoids the other major manager syndrome.....talking in cliches! Whatever the season brings for us, we are getting far better football served up than we did under Hughton, who was the epitome of negativity!

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    malaga flier

    Friday, October 16, 2015

  • What a contrast between McClaren and AN. Ok, they've had some bad luck, but look at all the negative signals McC gives out to the rest of his team. If Tim Krul is worth 18 to 20 points a season, it suggests McC has little regard for his 10 outfield players, not to mention his no. 2 goalkeeper. Let's hope NCFC are on their mettle to capitalise!

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    Reg Breeze

    Friday, October 16, 2015

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