Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has returned to Tyneside for treatment on an elbow injury that has forced him to withdraw from the Netherlands national squad.

The 26-year-old was an unused sub as Holland dispatched Kazakhstan on Friday before picking up the knock in training the following day.

Krul has now arrived back in England to return to Newcastle and will be hoping the problem clears up in time for Newcastle’s home game against Leicester on Saturday.

The rest of Newcastle’s international players had mixed weekends with their nations. Papiss Cisse played 72 minutes of Senegal’s 0-0 draw with Tunisia, Cheick Tiote played the whole game as Ivory Coast beat DR Congo and Shane Ferguson was involved as Northern Ireland beat the Faroe Islands 2-0.

Of the three French internationals in Newcastle’s squad, only Moussa Sissoko got on the pitch for France’s 2-1 friendly win over Portugal. Remy Cabella and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa were unused subs.

Also unused was Rob Elliot but the Newcastle backup keeper had about as much to do as first-choice David Forde, who watched on as the Republic of Ireland beat Gibraltar 7-0.