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3rd Dec, 2016 | 7:31am

Injury-prone Newcastle star steps up comeback bid after long-term absence

By Will Butcher

Tim Krul has continued to put his Newcastle injury demons behind him by making his fourth appearance in two weeks for Ajax’s reserve side.

The 28-year-old stopper is currently on loan with the Dutch giants Ajax, as he looks to make a full recovery from the anterior cruciate ligament injury he picked up in October 2015 while on international duty.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, Krul was in upbeat mood after coming through unscathed during Jong Ajax’s 3-1 win away at Cambuur.

Krul has also featured in the development side’s games against Utrecht, Telstar and Dordecht as he eyes a first-team slot in Peter Bosz’s senior side.

The Toon currently have an abundance of goalkeepers on the books at St. James’ Park, with the likes of Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Freddie Woodman and Matz Sels all vying for the number on jersey under Rafa Benitez.

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Darlow is the current No1 and saved two penalties in the first half of nine-man Newcastle’s 2-1 Championship defeat to Nottingham Forest on Friday night.

Ajax are next in action on Sunday, as they play host to Eredivisie outfit FC Gronigen on Sunday, as they look to leapfrog Feyenoord and go top of the league.

Krul is currently the Magpies’ longest-serving player, after making his first appearances for the Toon more than a decade ago against Italian side Palermo in the UEFA Cup.

In other Newcastle news, here are three things we learned as Rafa Benitez’s side lost 2-1 to Nottingham Forest.