Newcastle seem to cope reasonably without Tim Krul in their Premier League fixture against West Ham United on Saturday, but couldn't avoid slumping to a 1-0 defeat.
But the Dutchman will have to deal with a lengthy period on the sidelines with an ankle problem which means that reserve goalkeeper Rob Elliot will deputise over the festive season in a large bundle of "difficult" games, reports the Daily Express.
As Krul's understudy at St James' Park, it is not often that the 28-year-old is given an opportunity to play in between the sticks for Newcastle with just 12 appearances since joining the club in the summer of 2011 from Charlton Athletic after loan spells with Notts County and Accrington Stanley.
Despite what seemed a comfortable performance in goal on Saturday, limiting free-scoring West Ham to just one goal, Alan Pardew has labelled his goalkeeping issue as "critical" and that Krul will be "sorely missed."
But the 26-year-old is just one of a handful of absentees for the Magpies ahead of their clash with Burnley on Tuesday evening.
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"We've obviously got Tim out now for a long while, but there's also Moussa with suspension, Jack and Coloccini who will miss the game so that's a major worry for us," he told reporters.
But the Newcastle boss then went on to describe his confidence over Rob Elliot in goal. "Robbie's more than capable for deputising for us."
Krul back in January
However, Pardew added more detail to the situation regarding Krul, commenting: "I think Tim will be back mid-January, or early January if we're lucky."
"We've been in this position before and we've won, and the squad has got good strength" he added as the press conference concluded.
Newcastle will look to bounce back from their weekend defeat with a positive triumph over a Burnley side who seem to have found their feet since that 1-0 victory over Hull City; however, with so many injuries and suspensions, a win will be easier said than done for sure.