TIM Krul has given Newcastle United an injury scare ahead of Saturday’s home game against Leicester City.
The goalkeeper was forced to withdraw from Holland’s squad for tonight’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Iceland in Reykjavik with an elbow injury.
And Krul, on the bench for Friday’s game against Kazakhstan in Amsterdam, will be assessed on Tyneside early this week ahead of Leicester’s visit to St James’s Park.
Rob Elliot, on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, is on standby to replace Krul, an ever-present in the Premier League so far this season, should the problem rule him out.
Krul, competing with Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen for a place between the posts, suffered the injury in a training session on Saturday.
Guus Hiddink – who had already lost Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat to a hamstring problem – called up Feyenoord’s Kenneth Vermeer in his place.
It is expected that Janmaat will be fit to face newly-promoted Leicester, managed by former United coach Nigel Pearson.
Krul spent six weeks on the sidelines two years ago with an elbow injury also suffered while on international duty.
The 26-year-old made two superb saves from Wilfried Bony on his last club appearance in Newcastle’s 2-2 draw against Swansea City.
After the game United manager Alan Pardew talked about the importance of the saves to the confidence of Krul, who famously came off the bench for a penalty shootout in the summer’s World Cup.
Krul and his team-mates are yet to win a league game this season.
And Pardew, under intense pressure from frustrated fans, will hope that Krul can quickly resume training with his club-mates.
Defender Paul Dummett was another international casualty.
But Dummett – who had to pull out of the Wales squad because of a thigh injury – should be fit for the Leicester game.