Dutch Stopper Raring To Go
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United FC
Teenage keeper Krul ready for action after nearly six months on sidelines
By Craig Hope
TIM Krul has made a return to full training after working his way back to fitness following two cartilage operations.
The 19-year-old has not played since his man of the match display during the 1-0 UEFA Cup win over Palermo in November, the teenage keeper making a string of magnificent saves to deny the Sicilians.
But a cartilage injury sustained during the warm-up before the Carling Cup tie at Watford has kept Krul sidelined for almost six months, and only now is he ready for a return to action after hours of rehabilitation work with United's medical and coaching staff.
The 19-year-old told nufc.co.uk: "I'm back in full training and feel good.
"The Reserve team game at Bolton on Tuesday maybe came a bit too soon, but hopefully I'll get a practice game under my belt soon."
Holland play host to this summer's Under-21 European Championships, and Krul is hoping to prove his fitness between now and then and win a place in the Dutch squad.
He added: "Holland Under-21s have three warm-up games in England in May and hopefully I will be involved.
"I would love to win a place in the squad for the tournament but we'll have to wait and see."
Nigel Pearson, James Milner and Steven Taylor will be part of the England set-up at the prestigious tournament, which kicks off in Heerenveen on June 10.