Newcastle United have now officially confirmed that both Rob Elliot and Grant Hanley have picked up injuries.

The pair join the treatment room cast as Rafa Benitez hopes for an international break that will help get one or two players back to full fitness.

Sunday saw the Irish and Scottish FAs confirm the withdrawal of the Newcastle pair from their squads.

Grant Hanley played the full match at Birmingham on Saturday, whilst Rob Elliot was on the bench.

NUFC say that Hanley has an ankle problem, though they don’t specify for Elliot.

However, the word from the Irish camp on Sunday was that it was a knee problem.

Official Newcastle United Announcement:

‘Grant Hanley has been forced to withdraw from the Scotland squad due to injury.

The Dumfries-born defender has an ankle problem and will miss the Tartan Army’s games against Canada and Slovenia.

Hanley made only his second league start of 2017 in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Birmingham.

Leeds defender Liam Cooper has been drafted into Gordon Strachan’s squad as a replacement.

Meanwhile, Ciaran Clark – who had been named in a provisional Republic of Ireland squad last week – will not feature for his country against Wales or Iceland due to the knee injury which saw him substituted against Fulham and miss out against Birmingham.

United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has also been cut from Martin O’Neill’s initial squad, but Daryl Murphy has linked up with Eire for the two matches.’



  • Rich Lawson

    Will Mbemba finally get another game against Wigan ? I really hope so.

    • Cuh736

      He’s not a world beater, though a lot of fans make it seem so.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        neither are any of the defenders pal, but Mbemba proved last season he`s premiership standard & he`s been a full international since he was 19

        • Cuh736

          If Lascelles played for DRC too, he would have been an international at 15. Come on

          I liked Mbemba last year too but he’s proven nothing to me this season when he got a chance. It’s almost as though we forget he played games at the start. I remember him lyng down at the touchline before Huddersfield stole a second goal in their 1-2 victory. He is the fourth best centre back in the team.

      • Wor Lass

        I`d say he was a Colback-beater, though.