Tim Krul injury presents opportunity for Freddie Woodman

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Freddie Woodman was just two months into his loan spell with Crawley Town when Newcastle United released the news that Tim Krul had ruptured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament.

As a result of this injury and the pre-existing injury to Newcastle's back-up Goalie Karl Darlow, Freddie Woodman was recalled by the Magpies. During the two-month spell, Woodman managed to make just 12 appearances in all competitions. 

The former Crystal Palace youth star has already made 28 appearances for his country across different levels of the game and has already been touted as England's eventual number one. Although he is still yet to make an actual professional appearance for Newcastle, you can't help thinking that with all of the current injuries, his debut isn't far off. 


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Tim Krul's injury is devastating for Newcastle and it has already been confirmed that it has ended his season. The one silver lining that Newcastle fans can take from this is definitely Woodman, as he now has the opportunity to prove to the coaches and the fans that he should be taken more seriously. 

Newcastle actually ended up in a very similar predicament at around the same time last season when both Tim Krul and Rob Elliott were injured, Jak Alnwick stepped up to the fray and somewhat failed to make an impact. As a result of this he was released later that season. 

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Woodman and Elliott competing for No. 1 jersey

Woodman needs to take that as an example and show why he should be in the team. He does, however, still have a little bit of competition on his hands as Irish goalkeeper Rob Elliott still boasts full fitness.

The likelihood is that he will be played in Newcastle's game against Norwich next weekend and he needs to make sure that Elliott stays on the bench - and even though it's unlikely, needs to make sure that when Darlow comes back he joins Elliott in the reserves. 

He will not be helped by much of a defence unfortunately as Newcastle have also suffered injuries to Daryl Janmaat, Kevin Mbabu, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara and Steven Taylor in what has been a quite torturous start to the season for the Geordie defence. 

Newcastle play Norwich at St James' Park on Saturday, and we all look forward to seeing just who is actually fit enough to play in defence.

With no recognised full=back on the squad list, it seems likely that Vurnon Anita and Chancel Mbemba will slot into the full=back positions with Mike Williamson and Cheick Tiote drafted in to take their positions in the middle. 

Let us know what you think, should Woodman play against Norwich? 

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