Wednesday 17 January 2018

Video: Rob Elliot a serious doubt for Euro 2016 after picking up nasty knee injury

Republic of Ireland's Rob Elliot receives treatment after sustaining an injury before being substituted
Republic of Ireland's Rob Elliot receives treatment after sustaining an injury before being substituted Newsdesk Newsdesk

Rob Elliot looks a major doubt for Euro 2016 and Newcastle's relegation scrap after picking up a nasty looking new injury in the friendly against Slovakia this evening.

According to FAI medics, the Greenwich-born netminder suffered a 'twisted knee' as he tried in vain to keep out Miroslav Stoch's opener after 14 minutes.

He was grimmacing badly and was taken from the field on a stretcher before being replaced by Darren Randolph.

He has gone to hospital to have a scan but the initial prognosis was not good.

The former Charlton goalkeeper has been Newcastle's most consistent player as they struggle at the foot of the Premier League table and had an excellent chance of going to the European Championships in the summer as Ireland's first choice goalkeeper.

It is too early to say how serious the injury is, but he will almost certainly miss Newcastle's relegation showdown with Norwich City at the weekend and could well be ruled out for the rest of the season.

It is a huge setback for manager Rafael Benítez who must now decide whether to play England Under-19 international Freddie Woodman or former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

Darlow had been expected to be Newcastle's second-choice goalkeeper, but he was injured when Newcastle's number one Tim Krul also suffered a serious knee injury on international duty with Holland back in November.

That opened the door for Elliot and he has been in excellent form, forcing his way into Martin O'Neill's plans for the Euros.

Woodman is highly-rated at St James' Park but his only experience of first team football has been on loan at Crawley in League Two.

Shane Long, who won two penalties and scored one, was taken off at half-time and had ice on his knee after taking a knock close to the end of the first period.

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