Newcastle United’s Krul a worry for Pardew

Krul diving in vain against Chelsea
Krul diving in vain against Chelsea
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TIM Krul is a doubt for Newcastle United’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur tonight.

The goalkeeper, who was outstanding in Newcastle’s 1-0 win at White Hart Lane earlier this season, has a “slight knock”.

And United manager Alan Pardew will make a late decision on his involvement at St James’s Park.

Krul needed treatment after slipping while attempting to get to a long ball forward from David Luiz in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

If the 25-year-old fails to prove his fitness, Rob Elliot will deputise.

“He’s got a slight knock – we’ll have to wait and see,” Pardew said.

Krul made 14 saves – the most by any goalkeeper since Opta started recording full data in 2006-07 – in November’s hard-fought victory over Tottenham.

Newcastle took a first-half lead through a Loic Remy goal. And Pardew’s side spent the much of the game defending their slender advantage.

“It was a real rearguard action, particularly second-half,” said Pardew. “First-half, I thought we were the better team.

“Second-half it was a rearguard action, and perhaps we rode our luck a little bit.

“It was one of the best goalkeeping performances of the season from the big fella.”

Newcastle have lost their last four home games, and a number of injuries - and Remy’s suspension - have weakened Pardew’s hand for the return fixture.

But Pardew said: “We can take heart from the fact we’ve won there.

“It’s different at our place. We have a different kind of confidence about us. We’ve got to take that forward.”

Captain Fabricio Coloccini, meanwhile, is back on Tyneside – and closing in on his Newcastle comeback.

The defender reported back to the club’s training ground yesterday.

Coloccini is understood to have returned to his native Argentina while he recovered from the knee injury he suffered in the New Year’s Day defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

But the 32-year-old is now ready to step up his rehabilitation.

Pardew is hopeful Coloccini will be fit for the visit of Aston Villa to St James’s Park on February 23.

“I think he’ll be available for the Villa game,” said Pardew. “We have a 90-minute game, and a week’s training, to get through before then.

“He’s missed the last three derbies which we’ve lost, which is significant in my opinion. It’s not just his ability but everything about him. We’ve missed his nonchalance and the security he gives us and that calmness.”