Newcastle’s season seems to be going from bad to worse at the moment, bottom of the Premier League table with survival already looking like an uphill struggle they now have a goalkeeper crisis to deal with following a season ending injury to Tim Krul.
Krul fell awkwardly whilst playing for Holland in their 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifier win against Kazakhstan on a much debated artificial pitch and initial reports suggest he looks likely to miss the rest of the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
To make matters worse, Newcastle’s backup goalkeeper Karl Darlow is also out with an ankle injury and is still at least a few weeks away from being match fit.
Unfortunately for Newcastle they are still some way off being able to push through an emergency loan deal to bring in a replacement goalkeeper due to them having two other keepers signed to the club on professional terms.
Newcastle have recalled Freddie Woodman from his loan spell at Crawley Town to provide backup cover for 3rd choice keeper Rob Elliott who looks set to play between the sticks for the next few games at least as Newcastle look to turn around their poor fortunes.
With Elliott yet to play a single minute of first team football this season and Woodman having never played in the Premier League it will be interesting to see how they get on in their next game, a huge local derby against Sunderland at The Stadium of Light.