Tim Krul was a regular for Newcastle United until he suffered a cruciate ligament damage in October 2015 while on international duty with the Netherlands.

After regaining full fitness, the goalkeeper had to start from the beginning and also talked about his struggles during the course of his recovery.

“I ended up in a black hole. Mentally it was heavy. I went through a very dark period,” Krul was quoted as saying by AD.

Since recovering from the injury, the Tyneside club allowed him to go out on loan to Ajax, AZ Alkmaar and Brighton & Hove Albion, where he continued to struggle for minutes.

Having spent more than a decade at Newcastle, the stopper left St James’ Park and made a switch to Brighton in 2017. A year later, he left the Seagulls and joined Championship side Norwich City.

Krul had opportunities to continue in the Premier League, but he knew that would mean he had to settle for a place on the bench.

“Norwich City arrived at exactly the right time last summer. 

“I had a few options to sit on the bench in the Premier League, but I am a fan. When [Daniel] Farke [Norwich manager] called me, I saw it immediately. It was a risky step, but it is fantastic. I cannot wait for the next game.”

This season, Krul has made 33 starts for Norwich City in the Championship.