Tuesday night has seen First Team Coach Paul Simpson give an update on the goalkeeping situation at Newcastle United.
Simpson says that Rob Elliot hasn’t trained yet this week but that they may have a look at him on Wednesday.
The third choice keeper had a grade one thigh strain but it deteriorated during the match.
Paul Simpson says they are hopeful Elliot will make Bournemouth and said he wasn’t prepared to speculate about what they would do if Rob Elliot failed to make it.
However…he then went on to give a major hint that they would consider going ahead with Freddie Woodman and fellow 18 year old keeper Brendan Pearson on the bench.
Paul Simpson talking to the club’s official tv channel:
“With Rob Elliot, he had a slight thigh strain, we had it assessed and it was assessed as a grade one, so not something serious. But he’d had the same injury previously which we’ve nursed him through.
“We tried him on Friday in training and he said he was fine. Then came in on Saturday and said it had stiffened up overnight and he was struggling with it. We felt as though he wasn’t going to be able to play but thankfully for the way the game turned out, Rob said ‘I’ll be ok’.
“There has been a bit of deterioration since the (Stoke) game and obviously with the game, so we continue to assess that. He hasn’t trained this week but we will keep an eye on him. There’s a possibility we are going to try him on Wednesday to see how he is.
“There is no point me speculating as to what we might and might not do if there is a problem. Let’s wait and see what happens with Robbie. If he is ok then we will go ahead with him for the Bournemouth game at the weekend. If he’s not, we have to have a think about what our options might be.
“Whether it’s the goalkeepers inside the club, the two young goalkeepers, or whether we need to look elsewhere…At this moment though we are keeping our options open because we are still hopeful Rob will be fit for this weekend.”