By Danny Wright

Newcastle’s Tim Krul has played his first competitive senior game since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in October 2015.

Krul joined AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivise on loan in January after his loan spell at Ajax in the first half of the season proved fruitless.

The Dutch keeper was unable to prevent his new club from losing though as they were easily beaten 4-2 by title-chasing PSV.

Krul said to the Shields Gazette: “I have mixed feelings, to be honest.

“I am pleased to be back playing pain-free after one year. But I am disappointed that we did not get a result.

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“I believe that we gave three goals away, and we know that PSV are not shy in taking their chances.”

The 28-year-old injured himself playing for Holland against Kazakhstan in a Euro 2016 qualifier. He fell awkwardly towards the end of the 2-1 win on the artificial surface at the Astana Arena.

He earned his eighth international cap for Holland during the game.

Krul has been at Newcastle since 2005 and has made 185 total appearances for the club keeping 53 clean sheets. In his early days at the club he was loaned out to Carlisle United and Scottish club Falkirk.

Whilst on loan at Ajax, Krul made six appearances for the youth side, Jong Ajax, who play in the Dutch second tier. His new side are currently seventh in the Dutch Eredivise and are fighting for a place in next season’s Europa League.

Football Insider verdict:

The career of a footballer is short and to miss 16 months of action is a massive loss for Krul. His loan spell at Ajax was a total waste of time as he could’ve been playing for the Newcastle youth team. However AZ seem to be willing to make Krul their number one for the remainder of the season so this is great news for him. Newcastle will most likely be a Premier League club again once he returns and Benitez would love to have him back, fully-fit, in his matchday squad.

In other Newcastle news, Benitez given injury boost ahead of Wolves clash.

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