Newcastle United confirm injuries to goalkeeper and defender
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.’
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