By Will Butcher
Newcastle’s longest serving player Tim Krul has revealed that he hopes to return to full training in one week.
The Holland international has been injured since October 2015 after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament during international duty.
The 28-year-old has explained that he hopes to return soon, and is keen to show the Magpies’ new manager Rafael Benitez what he can do as he enters the last year of his contract.
“I feel stronger, my body is really coping well,” Krul has told the Evening Chronicle. “My knee is obviously better than it has been.
“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.”
Newcastle supporters will be delighted at the imminent return of the established number one as Krul has been a fans’ favourite for a decade.
In his 10 years on Tyneside, Krul has made 185 Newcastle appearances, and was part of the Holland side that finished third at the 2014 World Cup.
Newcastle’s number one also outlined his road back into the Magpies’ first-team, and is expecting to feature heavily in Newcastle’s reserve side to gain match fitness.
“I need some match fitness so I’ll have to play some friendly games,” he said.”Maybe the Under-21s. I’ll see what’s available. But I’m look forward to getting that gametime again.”
The Magpies currently have an abundance of goalkeepers on the books, with Krul joined by number one Sels, Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman. With this depth, it looks unlikely that manager Rafa Benitez will want to keep Krul.
Krul is currently Newcastle’s longest-serving first-team player after making his debut in 2006 for the Magpies in a Uefa Cup tie against Palermo.
In other Newcastle team news, Benitez has revealed why he left out his new marquee signing.