TIM Krul is a doubt for tonight’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur.
The goalkeeper – who was outstanding in Newcastle United’s 1-0 win at White Hart Lane earlier this season – has a “slight knock”.
And United manager Alan Pardew will make a late decision on his involvement at St James’s Park.
Krul needed treatment after slipping while attempting to get to a long ball forward from David Luiz in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
If the 25-year-old fails to prove his fitness, Rob Elliot will deputise.
“He’s got a slight knock – we’ll have to wait and see,” Pardew said.
Krul made 14 saves – the most by any goalkeeper since Opta started recording full data in 2006-07 – in November’s hard-fought victory over Tottenham.
Newcastle took a first-half lead through a Loic Remy goal.
And Pardew’s side spent the much of the game defending their slender advantage.
“It was a real rearguard action, particularly second-half,” said Pardew. “First-half, I thought we were the better team.
“Second-half it was a rearguard action, and perhaps we rode our luck a little bit.
“It was one of the best goalkeeping performances of the season from the big fella.”
United have lost their last four home games, and a number of injuries – and Remy’s suspension – have weakened Pardew’s hand for the return fixture against Spurs on Tyneside.
But Pardew said: “We can take heart from the fact we’ve won there.
“It’s different at our place. We have a different kind of confidence about us. We’ve got to take that forward.”