Martin O’Neill has revealed that Newcastle United’s Rob Elliot won’t travel to Bosnia for Friday night’s Euro play-off first leg.
There has been much talk before this confirmation, with both O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane making clear that the subject of whether players are really ‘injured’ is still a running sore between club and country.
The Press Association’s Damian Spellman has though reported on Wednesday afternoon that Elliot won’t travel with the squad.
However, no news as yet of whether the home leg of the play-off with Bosnia in Dublin could still see Rob Elliot belatedly rejoin the squad.
With that game only five days before Rob Elliot and Newcastle United are due to take on Leicester, it may be a bit trickier for Newcastle to argue he is unavailable for the international and then play him so quickly afterwards.
This is what Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane had said earlier:
“I find this one a wee bit strange when Rob (Elliot) actually played the game and was man of the match.
“He is being assessed by a specialist again today and we will get an update with him either later on this evening or maybe tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.”
“With the injuries we have had over the last two or three weeks, I kind of ruled the boys out anyway…if they become available in the next day or two, particularly for the second leg, it will be a fantastic bonus .
“If the players aren’t fit, then of course they stay at their clubs but it is ironic that they all seem to get ruled out for 10-14 days.”
Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill says Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot won't travel to Bosnia.
— Damian Spellman (@DamianSpellman) November 11, 2015