An injury nightmare for Newcastle United.
Rob Elliot starting for the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night against Slovakia and after only 16 minutes he concedes a goal.
In a friendly this is small beer but the incident also produces real disaster, as in attempting to save it, Rob Elliot appeared to twist his knee as he tried to change direction.
The Newcastle goalkeeper stretchered off and sent to hospital for a scan, with initial reports suggesting knee ligament damage.
Speaking to the media after the 2-2 draw, Manager Martin O’Neill was asked about Rob Elliot:
“Not great – he has got a serious injury, so it is a real disappointment and dampener on the evening.”
You have to take the reports and tone of Martin O’Neill’s comments as meaning at the very least, that Rob Elliot is out for the rest of this season – especially with less than seven weeks until that final match at home to Spurs.
Quite unbelievable, two Newcastle goalkeepers picking up serious injuries in the same season when on international duty.
Since Tim Krul’s injury when away with Holland, Rob Elliot has started 21 of the 22 Premier League games.
The exception was when Karl Darlow started at the Hawthorns in place of the injured Elliot, Darlow having a nightmare as he looked a bag of nerves and let in a soft goal to hand three points to West Brom.
What a game to now come in for, a match at Norwich that Newcastle really can’t afford to lose and in reality, probably have to win.
Freddie Woodman today qualified with his England team-mates for the Under 19s European Championships in Germany this summer.
He is set to be on the bench at Carrow Road this Saturday.
Whatever happens, we all wish Rob Elliot a speedy return – he has been one of the very few positives this season for Newcastle United.