By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul will miss the next "two or three games" with an elbow injury, manager Alan Pardew has confirmed.
The Dutch international suffered the knock while on international duty this week, and returned early to Tyneside for treatment by the Magpies' medical staff.
It means Krul will be sidelined for Monday night's Premier League trip to Everton, while captain Fabricio Coloccini is also a doubt for the Goodison Park game having picked up a hamstring complaint away with Argentina.
"We've had a couple of problems on the international break," explained Pardew.
"Coloccini has hurt his hamstring and will be struggling for Monday.
"Tim is certainly out for the next two or three games, which is a shame because he had done absolutely brilliantly in getting the number one shirt for Holland, which we were all proud of.
"He earned that number one jersey with Holland. The manager was brave to pick him, because he is a young keeper, but I think he made the right decision.
"It (the injury) was a blow to him but it gives an opportunity to our other keepers, who have trained very well and are looking to play.
"In some respects he can take an enforced break and hopefully come back and kick on again."
As well as injuries to Krul and Coloccini, United will also be without hamstring injury victim Danny Simpson, who hobbled off during the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa earlier this month.
And while Pardew admits the situation is far from ideal, the boss has every faith in those players who will step in to deputise.
"We've lost three of our back five who started the season, because Danny Simpson is injured too, so that's a significant blow for us," he said.
"We are not a Chelsea or a Manchester United who can bring in international players to replace them.
"Having said that, I think our replacements are strong and we are not that much down having to go there with those guys."