It was great news on Thursday from Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot, the Irish international revealing that he had begun light training again.
Only just over three months since his freak injury when on international duty, Elliot has been doing some ‘very, very light goalkeeping’.
Describing it as a ‘great feeling’, Rob Elliot says that goalkeeping ‘is what I love doing’ and that even taking this first small step in his recovery ‘was great’.
Partly a confidence thing in terms of feeling his way back from the knee injury, the Newcastle keeper will be desperate to be back as soon as possible, especially with the amount of competition at the club now.
Both Karl Darlow and Matz Sels look sure to compete for the goalkeeping spot in 22 days time when the Championship kicks off, whilst we wait to see what happens with Tim Krul, the Dutch keeper widely expected to leave as he has only one year left on his contract and no sign of any new deal.
Rob Elliot speaking to the official club website:
“It was a great feeling.
“It has been just over three months now, so to be back on the pitch is really positive and I can build up the work from there.
“What I have been doing is very, very light goalkeeping – nowhere near training – but you’ve got to start somewhere.
“Just to be out there makes you feel like you can see the finish line a little clearer. It shows that all the work I have been doing inside in the gym is paying off.
“It’s a big moment. When you can’t bend your knee and when you are on crutches you do have doubts about whether you will be able to play football again, so just to be out on the pitch and moving around puts you at ease and gives you more confidence in your knee.
“Touch wood, every time I have pushed on in my recovery I haven’t had a reaction. The surgeon has been really positive, so advancing what I am doing helps with my confidence.
“Goalkeeping is what I love doing, so to be able to just make this step was great. I’m not getting carried away though because there’s still a very long way to go and a lot of hard work ahead but it was a really nice moment.”