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Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul is likely to be ‘out for weeks’ after he suffered a thigh injury in Tuesday evening’s win over Stoke City.
The Dutchman has been an ever-present figure between the sticks this season and is likely to be replaced by Michael McGovern for the club’s upcoming fixtures.
So, what do you make of this news from a Canaries perspective? Can they cope without Krul?
The team here at FLW offer their views….
They can, but it’s a huge blow.
In my opinion, Krul is the best goalkeeper in the Championship, and it’s slightly surprising that he stayed at Carrow Road in the summer, even though he’s happy at Norwich. So, the team aren’t going to be as good without him in the side, that’s just the way it is.
McGovern is an experienced backup option but he doesn’t have the same quality, whilst he can be inconsistent. So, it has to be a concern for the Canaries but these things happen. One reassuring aspect for Norwich is that they have been defending well as a team. It’s not as if Krul has been making save after save to keep them in games.
Ultimately, it’s another injury setback that Farke didn’t need but I still expect Norwich to pick up points in the coming weeks.
They can cope, but it’s undoubtedly a blow for them.
Krul has been such a key player for Norwich since arriving at Carrow Road, and his experience and ability in-between the sticks has been key to their climb to the top of the Championship in the early stages of this season.
They have only conceded 10 goals in 13 league games, and whilst it is a team effort, some of the saves Krul has pulled off at times have been remarkable.
We saw just how influential he is when he kept 13 clean sheets in their promotion-winning 18/19 campaign, and he has kept six clean sheets this season which is a fabulous record.
They have an experienced, solid deputy in Michael McGovern who will no doubt do a job, but this is news they could have really done without, especially given their recent injury problems.
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I think so.
It’s obviously not a nice moment when your main goalkeeper is gone and Norwich are obviously losing a big voice on the pitch and in the dressing room with this injury too.
Michael McGovern is a solid number 2, though, and I am sure he’ll be reliable and dependable for the period he is needed.
It’s a squad game and Norwich have a good squad, so I would expect them to get on with things as well as they can – though they’re obviously getting hit a fair bit at the moment.