Newcastle United confirmed in an official statement earlier today, that Rob Elliot would be out for a number of months and will definitely miss the rest of this season.

The United keeper picking up an ACL injury and is also very likely to be out for the start of next season.

Rob Elliot has now taken advantage of the club’s infamous email system and sent out a personal message to Newcastle fans.

Rob Elliot Email to Newcastle supporters

“Thank you”

A personal message from Rob Elliot

Dear Supporter

I wanted to take the opportunity to write to you all personally and say a massive thank you for all the messages of support I have received since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury while playing for Ireland last night.

The warm wishes I have seen from fans, players and people involved in the game mean the world to me and it’s nice to know that there are so many good people wishing me well at such a dark time.

Sustaining the injury happened in a split second. The ball was played across the goal and I moved across to get in line. I dived after the ball as I would do in any training session or any game, but I felt pain straight away. Watching it back, I grabbed my knee before I’d even landed.

When I found out it was my cruciate ligament, that’s when the tears came. There was a wave of emotion knowing I’d miss the rest of the season with Newcastle and the Euros with Ireland. But you have to let that come, get past it and then look to be positive.

I’ve got a good base of people who’ve been through this before. Former teammates like Ryan Taylor and Dan Gosling and players like Tim Krul, who is going through it now. Tim will be a great support to me and I hope we can help each other.

We’re still in a fight as a club but on a personal level, I’m very proud to have played a part this season and to have made a difference.

When I was initially thrown in, people were unsure. But you, our fans, supported me and had faith in me. I remember when I walked out for the Norwich game and the whole Gallowgate stood and applauded me. I hadn’t done anything at that point but you were right behind me and it gave me the confidence I needed going into that game.

That triggered it. When you have the backing of the whole city, it lifts you and you take that confidence into every game. You feel part of it and I want to thank our fans for that.

Karl Darlow will now get that opportunity and I know you will show him the support that you’ve given me. He’s a great guy, he gets what Newcastle is all about and he works hard every day to get an opportunity like this. He deserves that roar from our fans like I had.

I messaged him as soon as I knew about my injury because I wanted him to know and to be ready. I know how good a goalkeeper he is already and how good he is going to be.

Norwich will be a big game and a big occasion for all of us on Saturday and we need to show the fight and resolve that we’ve shown recently.

I see the quality the boys have every day. We’ve got such ability and so many great people, I just want them to go out and express themselves so that when we walk off the pitch, we don’t regret anything.

We’re sold out away from home again. All of those people are going there, like they do every week, to help us to perform and we need to do that.

I wish Karl and the boys the best in carrying us forward and getting us out of the relegation fight. Alongside you, I’ll be right behind them.

Rob Elliot

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