Newcastle’s Krul on crutches after injury in Dutch win

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Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.

Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.

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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.

One of Newcastle’s backkups, Karl Darlow, is also injured. Veteran Rob Elliot is healthy, as is 18-year-old U-21s keeper Brendan Pearson. Last year’s emergency backup, Freddie Woodman, is on loan at Crawley Town.

The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.

McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.