TIM Krul is a doubt for Newcastle United’s visit to Southampton.
The goalkeeper suffered an injury in Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat to Everton at St James’s Park.
And Premier League ever-present Krul is being assessed ahead of Saturday’s game at the St Mary’s Stadium.
Krul needed treatment after a second-half collision with visiting forward Romelu Lukaku, who scored the visitors’ second goal.
Rob Elliot, Krul’s deputy, has been put on standby for the game by United manager Alan Pardew, who will again be without Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy.
Jak Alnwick, Newcastle’s third-choice goalkeeper, was pulled out of last night’s Under-21 game against Manchester United as he could be needed on the bench.
Freddie Woodman, 17, is away with England’s Under-17s, and Paul Woolston, 15, was fielded in goal at Whitley Park by coach Peter Beardsley.
There was better news for Pardew on Davide Santon, who has returned to training after recovering from a bout of tonsillitis.
The defender – who has also had a knee problem – hasn’t featured for six weeks.
“Davide has had two or three days training,” said assistant manager John Carver. “He’s trained with the Under-21s.
“He’ll join in with us on Thursday, and we’ll see what he’s like.”
Meanwhile, Woodman and striker Adam Armstrong, 17, were in the England Under-17 side which beat Czech Republic 1-0 yesterday in the European Under-17 Championship’s Elite Round.
England are looking to qualify for the tournament proper, which is being staged in Malta in May.
Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke – who netted against Newcastle in the FA Youth Cup game between the two sides at St James’s Park earlier this month – scored the only goal of the game.
Armstrong said: “Obviously, we need to get through this qualifying group first, and that’s the main objective of the week.
“It would be a dream to play at the Euros.
“And for me, I’d love to get the top scorer in the whole of the tournament come the end. Playing for my country is very big for me.”