Steve McClaren has given updates on five Newcastle injuries ahead of the game against Leicester on Saturday afternoon.
As well as bringing news that Gabriel Obertan has had an operation on his hamstring in France and will be out for around four months, McClaren has also clarified the goalkeeping situation.
The United Head Coach says that Rob Elliot is fit to start against Leicester and that the Irish camp are happy with that because they were kept in touch about the situation.
Karl Darlow is now back in training but won’t be risked today, with Freddie Woodman keeping his place on the bench. Darlow though will continue his comeback with a game for the Under 21s on Monday.
Elsewhere, Steve McClaren confirms that Jack Colback is recovering at the very least on schedule and December will be his target.
The Newcastle boss also welcomed Massadio Haidara back into full training on Friday, though it remains to be seen if he makes the bench against Leicester.
Steve McClaren on the Newcastle injuries:
“Rob Elliot is fine and he’s fit for the game. We said that to Martin O’Neill a couple of weeks ago. We were up front, we told them that he would be fit and we wanted him to play against Leicester so we were open about it,
“Karl Darlow has trained this week and Massadio Haidara has just trained today (Friday), they are the only two who are returning.
“Everybody else is just coming along fine, with Colback getting closer to rejoining us on the training field. He is progressing very well and itching to get back and train next week but we will have to hold him back a little bit.
“Karl Darlow is not ready for the bench and we will put Freddie Woodman on the bench – Karl will play on Monday (for Under 21s) but it’s good to have him back and have some fit keepers.”