Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul passed fit for weekend

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Tim Krul returned to Tyneside prior to the Netherlands' shock defeat by Iceland

Newcastle are confident goalkeeper Tim Krul will be be fit to face Leicester City on Saturday after scans revealed his elbow injury to be "very minor".

The 26-year-old picked up the injury during training with the Netherlands squad at the weekend.

He returned to Tyneside before the national side's shock 2-0 loss to Iceland on Monday.

Initial scans suggested Krul had ligament damage and was a doubt for the Premier League match at St James' Park.

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A statement from the club read: "Tim Krul has been further assessed today by the club's medical staff and the club can confirm that he has nothing more than a very minor elbow injury.

"The club will continue to monitor the situation but are confident that he will be available for the game against Leicester City on Saturday."

If Krul is not passed fit, Rob Elliot is expected to deputise as Alan Pardew's side seek their first league win this season.

Krul famously came off the bench in the Netherlands' World Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica this summer, replacing Jasper Cillessen moments before the end of extra time.

He saved two penalties in the shoot-out that followed to send his country through to a semi-final against Argentina.

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