We were wondering why there was no Rob Elliot in the squad for the 3-1 home loss to Tottenham last Sunday, and it turns out he has injured his thigh again, and will be out for the rest of the season – so let’s hope that Tim Krul doesn’t get injured anytime soon.
Rob Elliot – out for the rest of the season
Newcastle’s injury problems gave been huge this season, and there has to be something wrong with the way the players train and how they are brought back by the medics after suffering injuries.
It’s only one of the many problems Newcastle have faced this season, and most of which have been self-inflicted by poor management at the top of the club.
The only back-up we have now is 18 year-old Freddie Woodman who has never played in the Premier League, so once again it shows how a small squad can easily be decimated by injuries – and Newcastle have always had a small squad under Mike Ashley.
It’s cheaper that way.
Newcastle were one of the few Premier League clubs to start the season with only two experienced goalkeepers, and when Tim Krul was injured in came Rob Elliot, but he himself was injured and played with a damaged thigh for a few games, before it finally went in the first half of the home game against Chelsea.
Jak Alnwick came in for eight games, until Tim Krul was fit again in early January.
But now Rob’s out for the rest of the season, and Jak Alnwick injured himself while on loan at Bradford City, and he is also out for the rest of the season and will leave the club when his contract runs out at the end of June.
As we said, let’s just hope Tim doesn’t get injured in the final five games.