Newcastle still sweating on Krul fitness amid lengthy absence fears

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul
Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul

NEWCASTLE United are continuing to monitor the fitness of goalkeeper Tim Krul – amid fears he could be out for a month.

Krul is back on Tyneside undergoing treatment on the elbow he injured on international duty with Holland at the weekend, and is a major doubt for the Magpies’ trip to Goodsion Park on Monday night.

The extent of the goalkeeper’s injury is yet to be revealed by the club, but there are fears in the Netherlands that it could sideline him for up to four weeks.

Krul, 24, played in Holland’s 2-0 win over Turkey in Amsterdam on Friday night.

However, he suffered the injury in a subsequent training session, and returned to England for treatment ahead of Newcastle’s game at Everton on Monday after being ruled out of last night’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary.

Krul was a Premier League ever-present for United last season after wresting the goalkeeping jersey from long-serving Steve Harper.

And Harper – who played in the away leg of Newcastle’s two-legged Europa League tie against Atromitos – is on standby to deputise should Krul fail to prove his fitness.

The 37-year-old suffered a shoulder injury on his last appearance at Goodison Park the season before last when Hatem Ben Arfa scored a memorable winner.

Meanwhile, one positive for Pardew – who could be without captain Fabricio Coloccini (hamstring) at Goodison Park – was the return from injury of Shane Ferguson last night.

Ferguson played 74 minutes of Northern Ireland’s 1-1 draw against Luxumbourg in Belfast.

And midfielder Yohan Cabaye topped up his fitness with a start for France in their 3-1 win over Belarus in Paris.