‘We need this break’ – Canaries number one concerned after ‘horrible’ spate of injuries
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Norwich City number one Tim Krul admits he’s concerned by the defensive injuries piling up in front of him, after a ‘horrible’ run of luck.
Timm Klose's season had already been ruined by serious knee ligament damage ahead of Saturday's 2-0 loss at West Ham, with Grant Hanley also missing the game with a groin strain, which has prevented him joining up with Scotland.
Fellow centre-back Christoph Zimmermann was thrust into Premier League battle despite just 55 minutes of football since summer knee surgery and suffered foot ligament damage in a bad tackle just 20 minutes into the game at the London Stadium - with City yet to put a time-frame on the German's injury, as they continue to assess the damage.
"We need this break because it's sad to see Grant (Hanley) is injured, Timm Klose got a horrible injury, so it's been a horrible week for that," Krul said. "Then Zimbo coming back and getting a horrible tackle on his ankle. It's not great because those are top defenders that I want to see in front of me.
"I'm pleased that we have signed Ibrahim (Amadou) because he is a top player as well. So we've got a talented squad but you don't want too many changes like this too often."
Krul knows all about injury woes, after a serious knee injury suffered while on international duty with Holland in 2015 threatened to bring an end to his top-level career. However, the 31-year-old has rebuilt his career with Norwich and made his 50th appearance for the club on Saturday, all of which have been consecutive league starts.
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"I'm really proud of it," he said of that landmark. "There were a lot of doubts after my injury, people that said I couldn't play more than 10 games anymore because I wasn't fit.
"To play 50 games in a row, personally I'm really happy and especially to do it for a club like Norwich, for sure."
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After leaving Newcastle, Krul provided cover at Brighton when the Seagulls survived as a newly-promoted Premier League side during 2017-18.
He added: "At Brighton it took us at least 10 games to get the hang of it. These four games gave us a lot to learn from and I think the boys can go away on the international break and think they know what we have to face in the next few months."