Potential Crisis – Rob Elliott Could Also Miss Burnley Game

Tim Krul is out until sometime in January with his ankle injury, and there was news last night that the wife of Newcastle stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot is due to give birth to their first baby at any time, and Rob could be called away.

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Rob Elliot in action on Saturday

So 21 year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick and 17 year-old keeper Freddie Woodman are both in the squad that made the trip to Burnley, and they are on standby in case Rob is called away.

This is what Alan Pardew has said about Rob’s situation:

“‘Rob is in the process at the moment, like a modern man, of having a baby, so that’s an added complication.”

“He’s been sitting in the background for a long while. I’ve played him in cup games and he’s done terrific for us. I really felt he needed the game on Saturday and I thought he looked a bit rusty really.”

“It’ll do him the world of good for Burnley.”

Newcastle are already hugely depleted by injury and suspensions and Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini, Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong, Ryan Taylor, Davide Santon and Gabriel Obertan are all injured , and the suspended Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback did not make the trip.

And news today that Mike Williamson, Daryl Janmaat, Massadio Haidara and Mehdi Abeid are all doubtful,  and presumably will take late fitness tests just before the game to see if they can play.

It will be a bit of a bonus if Mehdi Abeid can play, although it would be a surprise if the Algerian has recovered from his broken toe.

20 year-old Remie Streete and 18 year-old Slovenian Lubomir Satka have traveled and are on standby in case any of Williamson, Janmaat and Haidara don’t make it.

This is what Pardew said about the injuries:

‘We’re carrying a lot of injuries and we’re taking our injuries to Burnley. It is critical in terms of the spine of the team.”” ‘We’re a bit thin on the ground and we’ve lost the core of the team, it’s not ideal going to Burnley in that situation.”

“We’ve had to chop and change the team many times this last month and I’ve been very pleased with the performances I’ve had. So we’ll still go there with good heart and good faith for getting a result.”

This is one of the most injury hit games we can remember – although we suppose it could turn out OK if Janmaat, Williamson, Haidara and Abeid are all fit to play and Rob’s wife doesn’t give birth until Wednesday at the earliest.

However it’s hardly good preparation for a game we should be winning.

It seems a little ridiculous and after tomorrow night’s game,  Alan Pardew, his coaches and the medics need to look at their procedures and how come we have so many injuries in the squad – it cannot just be bad luck.

Can it?

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7 comments so far

  • expatmag

    Dec 2, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #1


    I think Pardew has basically thrown Riviere and Perez into the deep end in a position neither is suited to or experienced in.

    It would be nice to see what they could do in their proper positions.

  • expatmag

    Dec 2, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #2


    I would need 2.

    When you poke my eyes out?

    Not going there pet……..EWG…….lol

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 2, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #3


    We should have space from HBA and M’biwa.

    Looking at the squad we have under 21s filling spaces, as I understand it they can be registered in under 21s and still play for the first team. So we wouldn’t need to make space as I understand it, just re shuffle.

  • expatmag

    Dec 2, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #4


    Mbiwa and HBA were already excluded having been loaned out. The likes of Raylor and Jonas are included even though they werent fit enough.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 2, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #5


    Ahh, but my understanding is Aaron’s Perez Armstrong could be 21s still play and open up spaces.

    Can’t see how we can’t have any space when 13 left and 9 came in, 7 when the two Forrest lads went back. There must be space ?

  • 70TWO

    Dec 2, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #6

    One last attempt to name tomorrows squad before I go to bed:

    ———————– Perez
    —————Tiote ———- Anita
    Ferguson – Dummett – S.Taylor – Streete
    ——————Elliot / Alnwick

    subs. Cisse, Riviere, Armstrong, Satka, Roberts, Bigi Alnwick

  • Canny in Canberra

    Dec 2, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Elliot out now OMG (Looking to the heavens)
    What else?, c’mon now, What else?

    Expat – Just a gentle nudge wit that threat of Violence. It’s how I show affection. Lol


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