Tim Krul Injury: Updates on Newcastle Star's Ankle

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2013

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02:  Newcastle keeper Tim Krul in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on January 2, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has been sidelined with an ankle injury that could keep him out for as long as a month, according to a report from SkySports.com.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had the following to say regarding Krul's injury (via SkySports.com):

"His ankle is still a little bit swollen. We think he will be out for a maximum four weeks, five weeks, but we are hoping for less than that."

Pardew and his team can only hope that Krul is able to make a speedy recovery. Newcastle is currently in 13th place—six points clear of relegation—in the Premier League table heading into this weekend's matchup with Swansea City.

Krul, 24, has started 27 matches for the club since the start of the 2012-13 season, including 22 starts in English Premier League play. He has conceded 42 goals in those 27 appearances but has aided Newcastle this season with 95 saves during that time.

A native of the Netherlands, Krul has made 103 career appearances with the Magpies since 2006. He has also made four career appearances for the Dutch national team.

Krul, who has emerged as one of the top goalkeepers in Europe, started all 38 matches in goal during Newcastle's Premier League campaign a year ago.

As SkySports.com also reports, Newcastle veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper is also suffering from an injury, meaning that backup Robert Elliot will continue to play in goal for the squad moving forward. The 26-year-old Elliot made a save in his first Premier League start of the season this past Sunday, as the club would go on to win 4-2 over Southampton.


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