NEWCASTLE United’s Tim Krul fears his injury will wreck his World Cup dream.
The goalkeeper suffered a bruised knee in this week’s home defeat to Everton.
And Krul could miss up to three Premier League games with the problem.
The Holland international had been looking to finish the season strongly ahead of the summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
Krul has won five senior caps, but he wasn’t inolved in his country’s last fixture, a friendly against France in Paris earlier this month.
And the 25-year-old - who suffered the injury in a collision with Everton striker Romelu Lukaka - was hoping to catch coach Louis van Gaal’s eye in the final two months of the season.
“It’s disappointing for Tim,” United manager Alan Pardew said.
“He’s a little bit low about the injury, as he wants to play every game and give himself the best possible chance for the Dutch team.”
Pardew, however, has revealed there is no significant damage to the knee.
“We’re hoping it’s not bad,” he said. “Tim’s had a scan, and it showed no structural damage.
“It’s purely bruising of the bone, but that can be sore, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
After being left out of van Gaal’s last squad, Krul insisted he remained hopeful of making Holland’s World Cup squad.
“The manager said he’s following 50 players up towards the World Cup, so everything is open,” said Krul, who has made 140 appearances for United.
Krul is competing against the likes of Swansea City’s Michel Vorm, Ajax’s Jasper Cillessen and PSV Eindhoven’s Jeroen Zoet.
Maarten Stekelenburg, another international goalkeeping rival, has been dropped by new Fulham manager Felix Magath.