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Newcastle door opens for Irish 'keeper Elliot

IRELAND keeper Rob Elliot will get an extended run in the Newcastle United side after manager Alan Pardew confirmed that No. 1 Tim Krul will be out of action until the New Year.

Newcastle, in action against Burnley tonight, are dealing with a lengthy injury list and Holland international Krul is one of their main worries.

Elliot, 28, deputised for Krul in goal against West Ham last weekend, Elliot's first Premier League appearance of the season, and will do the same over the coming weeks in a busy period for the Magpies.

But Pardew says he has every faith in Elliot, who won his third Ireland cap in last month's win over the USA in Dublin.

"It will be weeks, I think he'll be back mid-January or the start of January if we're lucky," confirmed the Magpies' boss. It's a big blow for the players and it's a big blow for us," said Pardew of Krul's absence, due to an injury picked up in training.

"Robbie certainly needed that game at West Ham on Saturday because he hadn't played for a while, and that's where those games in the League Cup are very, very important."We've chopped and changed our team for the last seven games and we've won six of them, so we don't fear it. Robbie is more than capable of deputising for Tim and we wish him well."Elliot joined Newcastle from Charlton in 2011 but has managed just 12 league appearances in his four seasons at St James' Park.

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His international career has picked up in 2014 as he made his senior debut under Martin O'Neill against Turkey and has since picked up further caps in clashes with Oman and the USA.

Pardew declined to blame sheer bad luck for the beleagured state of his squad.Instead, he suggested the growing intensity of life in the Premier League - on the training park as well as on a matchday - is leaving players vulnerable.

"We're carrying a lot of injuries at the moment, but I think all Premier League teams go through that," he said."I think the way we play and the way we train in the Premier League, not just us, is putting more players at risk of injury because we're really at the very edge of the physical capabilities of players.

"On top of that they get taken away on internationals, where we've lost so many players this season," added Pardew as he planned for the meeting with Sean Dyche's Burnley.


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