After a week of doubts, Steve McClaren has now declared that Rob Elliot is fit to play Bournemouth.

Newcastle’s third choice keeper will take to the field with fourth choice Freddie Woodman on the bench.

Speculation had raged as to whether an emergency loan would be made, with the likes of Speroni at Crystal Palace and Valdes at Manchester United mentioned.

However, Steve McClaren said at his Friday press conference that Rob Elliot is fit to play, with rest, recovery and being able to train on Thursday and Friday meaning he’s ok to start on Saturday.

Just how fit Elliot is, is open to doubt. The suspicion must be that Newcastle hope to have patched him up top get through this game, with a two week international break to follow.

I think it may well be a toss of the coin as to whether Freddie Woodman ends up being called upon as a substitute tomorrow, with Rob Elliot is such a fragile state.

A fortnight which should hopefully give both Elliot and second choice Karl Darlow the chance to be available for Leicester on November 21.

Steve McClaren:

“Rob Elliot is fit to play. We have him enough time, rest and recovery and he’s trained the last two days.”