Tim Krul’s nearing a return to fitness at Newcastle United – as the transfer deadline edges closer.
Krul, recovering from the serious knee injury he suffered playing for Holland last October, hopes to be back training in a fortnight.
I’m nearly back. The last few weeks have been really enjoyable.Tim Krul
But the 28-year-old – who has a year left on his St James’s Park contract – faces an uncertain future on Tyneside following the summer arrival of Matz Sels, who has started the season between the posts.
United manager Rafa Benitez also has Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman available, while Rob Elliot is recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
Crystal Palace have an interest in Krul, while a number of other clubs at home and abroad are monitoring his situation.
And long-serving Krul could yet leave in this month’s transfer window.
“I’m nearly back,” said No 1 Krul. “The last few weeks have been really enjoyable.
“I’ve been back outside with the goalie coach Simon Smith, I’ve been working hard with (physio) Derek Wright doing a lot of running.
“It’s just about getting used to it again, and it’s nice to be back out on the pitch.
“I feel stronger. My knee is obviously better than it has been, so it’s exciting times ahead to be back training.
“I’ll start to slowly warm-up with them, and then slowly get back into the swing of things with the team.
“A couple more weeks before I’m ready for that, then I need some match fitness so I’ll have to play some friendly games and see what’s available.
“But I’m look forward to getting that game time again.
“That’s the ultimate, but it’s a bit easier now because it’s getting closer, and, (with) the graft I’m putting in, I’m definitely seeing the positives.
“I’m looking forward to it.”