NEWCASTLE keeper Tim Krul is confident he’ll be ready to face Manchester City in the Magpies’ Premier League opener – after making his long-awaited comeback.
The goalkeeper played 45 minutes of Newcastle’s 1-1 friendly draw at Rangers on Tuesday, his first outing since dislocating a shoulder in April’s Tyne-Wear derby defeat.
The 25-year-old – who had surgery on his shoulder – will now face Braga at St James’s Park on Saturday ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium on August 19.
“The mental side of the injury is now out of my mind,” Krul insisted.
“I’ve had a great couple of weeks training with all of the lads.
“It has been all about getting the confidence of making a few good saves again.
“You can train when you’ve been injured, but the best test is always to get back out there and train again. I’ve just been focusing on the game and making saves.
“I’ve been training hard to get back in time.
“I’ve done two weeks back here, and obviously went into that on the back of some hard work on Portugal.
“I was working one on one with the physios in Portugal, so I was in good condition.
“I’m just glad to get through that first game.
“The Premier League games will be a totally different story, but it was a great atmosphere at Ibrox.”
Banager Alan Pardew won’t risk Krul against City if he feels he isn’t close to 100 per cent fitness, such will be his importance to the cause this season.
“Looking at Tim, he’s been out for a long time,” said Pardew.
“He is one of the best keepers in the world, so we want him up to speed. That means we have to be careful.
“We must make sure that he returns properly, and is fully fit for the season.”