As no doubt most of you will be already aware, Rob Elliot picked up what appeared to be a serious knee injury on Tuesday night.
The Newcastle goalkeeper had been given his chance to stake his claim for the summer’s Euros in France, starting against Slovakia whilst his main competitor Darren Randolph played the previous friendly on Friday.
Starting the season as a forgotten third choice keeper at St James Park, injuries to both Tim Krul and Karl Darlow gave Rob Elliot an unexpected chance and he grabbed it with both hands/gloves.
Starting 21 (only missing West Brom away when injured – Darlow deputising) Premier League games since Krul’s own injury whilst on international duty, Rob Elliot is arguably Newcastle’s player of the season already – as well as having been set to be number one keeper in many fans’ eyes even when Tim Krul would return to full fitness.
It was widely reported this morning that the knee injury would keep Elliot out for a minimum of six months and now Newcastle United have released an official update late on Wednesday afternoon, a statement which leaves the recovery time open-ended.
Newcastle United Official Statement:
Newcastle United can confirm that goalkeeper Rob Elliot has sustained an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament, suffered during the Republic of Ireland’s friendly fixture against Slovakia last night.
Rob has returned to Newcastle and has been assessed this morning by the club’s doctor. He will now commence a programme of treatment and rehabilitation.
Regrettably the severity of this injury will rule Rob out for a number of months.
Everyone connected with Newcastle United wishes Rob the very best for his recovery.’