Krul could face five-week absence

first_img With 37-year-old Steve Harper struggling with a back problem, Rob Elliot was handed a Barclays Premier League debut in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over Southampton, and he will continue at Swansea on Saturday. However, captain Fabricio Coloccini is rated as doubtful for the game after suffering a back injury against the Saints. The 24-year-old Holland international visited a specialist earlier this week after leaving the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv on crutches last Thursday night following a challenge by striker Jonathan Cristaldo in Newcastle’s Europa League match. Manager Alan Pardew said: “His ankle is still a little bit swollen. We think (he will be out for a) maximum four weeks, five weeks, but we are hoping for less than that.” Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is facing up to five weeks on the sidelines with his ankle injury.center_img Press Associationlast_img

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