Krul aims to return better than ever
Tim Krul hopes to return to the Newcastle team better than ever next season
Goalkeeper Tim Krul is hoping to be fit enough to return to the Newcastle United team next season after an injury-hit campaign.
The Dutchman was forced to have an operation on the shoulder he dislocated in April's humiliating 3-0 derby defeat against Sunderland.
Having been a revelation for Newcastle last season, Krul is hoping to be even better next year.
"My aim is to come back better than ever for next season and to have another season like last year, when I didn't miss a single game in the Premier League," he told the club's official website.
Krul is likely to return to pre-season training but has expressed his frustration at having to watch his team battle against relegation in recent weeks.
"It's hard because i'm not the best at having to watch the lads, especially in the position we found ourselves in, but hopefully I should be back for the first week of pre-season.
"Obviously there's never a good time to get injured but I guess it could have been worse as I will have the whole summer to recover," he continued.
Krul has found himself hampered by injuries throughout the season, having previously suffered ankle problems.
"That's my season over, of course, and it's just been one of those seasons for me - I've had a couple of injuries which have interrupted it and that's been a new experience for me," he concluded.
With Rob Elliot, Krul's usual understudy, suspended, Steve Harper will don the gloves on Sunday in what will not only be Newcastle's last game of the season, but also Harper's last game for the Magpies.
The Toon face Arsenal at St. James' Park, with safety already assured following victory against QPR at Loftus Road last weekend.