IRELAND prospect Rob Elliot can boost his international prospects with a run in the Newcastle United side as Magpies No1 Tim Krul has been sidelined by injury.
Manager Alan Pardew has revealed that Holland international Krul could miss up to three games after damaging a knee during Tuesday night's 3-0 home defeat by Everton.
Elliot has been called up for the last two Republic of Ireland squads but is yet to be capped and seeing as Keiren Westwood is out for the season with an injury, Elliot is battling with Darren Randolph to be second-choice keeper for Ireland behind David Forde.
Pardew said: "Tim won't play, he's out for these next two or three games for sure, so Rob Elliot will come in.
"He has made his international squad and he is keen to stay in that squad and he needs to play, so the opportunity lands at his feet. Rob is a confident goalie and he will look to take that on."
BLOW TO IRELAND U17S EURO HOPES
IRELAND'S U17 side have suffered a blow in their bid to qualify for the European Championship finals after Tom Mohan's side lost 2-1 to Serbia.
Ireland play Germany, Georgia and host nation Serbia in a four-team group, with only the group winners going on to the Euro finals in Malta in May.
Qualification for Ireland will now be a struggle.
A penalty three minutes into injury time won the game for Serbia after Ivan Saponjic (7 mins) and Robbie Duggan (67 mins) had traded goals.
Ireland were down to ten men when Corey Whelan was sent off and in added time, Luka Jovic scored the winner from the spot.
Ireland next face Germany, who beat Georgia 4-0, tomorrow.