Krul: No excuses for Newcastle Utd now

Tim Krul
Tim Krul

TIM Krul says there will be no excuses for Newcastle United between now and the end of the season.

Alan Pardew’s side take on in-form Manchester City at St James’s Park on Sunday looking to maintain their challenge for a high-placed finish in the Premier League.

Newcastle are eighth after back to back league defeats to Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion.

With all hopes of a cup run gone, following last week’s FA Cup defeat to Cardiff, Newcastle’s players are now focused on finishing as high up the table as possible – with memories of their fifth-place finish in 2011/12 still fresh in the mind.

“I know what a quality side we have here,” Krul said.

“We used (the Europa League) as an excuse last year, and we’re showing that that was a massive reason for it (for the club’s poor league form).

“We don’t have to look at that any more – we’re looking forward.”

Goalkeeper Krul – who missed the Cardiff game with a shoulder problem – is expected to be fit to face second-placed City, who knocked United out of the Capital One Cup at St James’s Park in October.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has distanced himself from speculation linking the Ligue 1 club with a move for Newcastle’s suspended right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

It had been suggested in France that Debuchy had been earmarked as a replacement for Christophe Jallet, who has undergone hernia surgery.

But Blanc – who is interested in signing United midfielder Yohan Cabaye – has played down the reports as he waits for his medical staff to give him on a timescale on Jallet’s return.

“It’s a little too early to be speaking of a replacement,” said Blanc. “Honestly, it’s not that I do not want to answer, but Christophe had surgery (yesterday) morning. We wish him a speedy recovery.

“He will be analysed by the medical staff, and they will tell us what needs to be done.”