Rob Elliot has give us an insight into recovery from his long-term injury.
The Newcastle keeper got his chance at last after Tim Krul picked up an injury himself and Karl Darlow was already in the treatment room, leaving the Irish international to make 21 Premier League apperances.
The last of those was in March when Newcastle drew 1-1 with Sunderland, Rob Elliot though instantly picking up a knee ligament injury when playing for Ireland.
The United keeper thinks he is on track to be back in first team training six months after the injury happened, with September targeted.
To this end, Rob Elliot has been at the training ground almost every day and says he is going without any major holiday plans, to help give him every chance of getting back sooner rather than later.
Tim Krul is on course to compete with Karl Darlow for the number one shirt when the Championship kicks off in August, so by the Autumn Newcastle could have three keepers competing, if Elliot’s recovery continues on schedule.
The picture is further complicated by the fact that Tim Krul only has one year left on his contract, so the question is whether Newcastle will offer him a new extended contract, or look to sell this summer.
Rob Elliot speaking to the official club website:
“I’m in almost every day, getting fit again.
“The training ground is a lonely place. Tim (Krul) is also around but he’s a bit ahead of me in his rehab so he may have a bit more time off.
“It is tough but I’m working with great physios and hopefully it will make me stronger and get me back quicker.
“As much as you want a summer break, I would rather be fit and then I can enjoy my summer holidays next year instead.
“I would rather be back at St. James’ Park playing than anywhere in the world on holiday.
“I will sacrifice anything to make sure that happens and work so hard to get back as soon as possible.
“If missing a couple of holidays will mean I’m back two or three weeks earlier, then it will be worth it.”
“I’ve been working hard and I’m off my crutches now, so that’s great and makes me feel a little bit more independent.
“It’s amazing what you take for granted, especially as a footballer, because you’re so active and I found it really hard.
“But now I’m off the crutches and have seen the surgeon, who gave me the all-clear, I can really start progressing, which is massive for me.
“I can start doing things like the bike and treadmill, which are simple things at a low level but enough to make you realise that you are going to return to fitness.
“I will be getting ready to hopefully be back in training in September or October.”