Newcastle have suffered a blow after confirming goalkeeper Tim Krul is to see a specialist about his ankle injury.
The 24-year-old picked up the knock during Thursday's 1-0 win over Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League and left the stadium on crutches. Manager Alan Pardew had hoped he would be available for Sunday's Premier League clash with Southampton, but he is now set to miss out.
Krul is now scheduled to see an ankle specialist on Monday for a further assessment.Club statement
A statement on the club's official website read: "Newcastle United can confirm that Tim Krul was assessed by club medical staff on Friday and sent for a scan on Friday afternoon after sustaining an ankle injury in Thursday night's Europa League match against Metalist Kharkiv in the Ukraine.
"Krul is now scheduled to see an ankle specialist on Monday for a further assessment, after which time the club should be able to provide another update."
Newcastle are level on points with Southampton but one place below them in the table on goal difference. A 1-0 win for the Toon on Sunday can be backed at 8.50, while they are 3.25 to keep a clean sheet. A goalless draw can be backed at 11.00.
Cheick Tiote is set for a return after missing the Metalist Kharkiv game through illness, while David Santon could feature following an ankle injury.
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