Newcastle goalkeeper Tom Krul won’t play again this season after being forced off early through injury in the Tyne-Wear derby.
The Dutchman’s involvement in Sunday’s clash with Sunderland was cut short in the 57th minute, when he suffered a dislocated shoulder while punching away an Adam Johnson free-kick.
Krul appeared to land awkwardly and had to be replaced by Rob Elliot, who conceded twice as the relegation threatened Black Cats secured a much-needed 3-0 victory over their bitter rivals.
His manager Alan Pardew believes the timing of the injury couldn’t have come at a worst time, and effectively ended their hopes of getting back into a game which Sunderland had led since Stephane Sessegnon’s 27th minute.
Adam Johnson and David Vaughan then took the St. James’ Park contest out of sight with further efforts in the last 20 minutes to hand Paolo Di Canio his first three-point haul since replacing Martin O’Neill as the Black Cats boss.
Pardew said: “Tim has dislocated and is definitely out for the season.
“The loss of Tim and the goal that was not given for offside were a couple of crucial moments. Losing Tim lost me a pair of legs and one sub which was difficult. Those two moments meant Sunderland could see out the win.
“I don’t feel particularly great. It was a tough day really. They looked like a team that worked all week on us on the training ground and we looked like a team that had a really tough game on Thursday night.”
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