As expected after Rob Elliot has had two days of training he has been declared fit by Steve McClaren at his press conference for the Bournemouth game today.
He may be fit to play and that’s good he will start, but it’s debatable whether Rob is fully fit so we hope his thigh holds up during the game but if not then promising 18 year-old Freddie Woodman will make his debut for Newcastle.
But given the situation at the end of the Stoke game – it’s really great news that he can start the game at Bournemouth.
Rob Elliot – fit to play at Bournemouth
This is some of what Steve McClaren said at today’s press conference:
“Yeah, Elliot is fit to play. We have him enough time, rest and recovery and he’s trained the last two days.”
“He has worked the last two days and trained with the team this morning so he’s fit.” “We have a few injuries on the periphery but we are trying to get consistency, that’s the key word. We want consistency in team selection and style of play, plus performance.”
“We want to keep the same team as much as possible and rotate around that.” “We came back from the international break and we thought we’d gather some momentum after Norwich. The performance was good.”
“Last week we thought the performance was good. Frustration was the word but also we need calm and patience.” “If we keep playing like that, the run will turn and we will get the rub of the green, we’ll get the result we deserve.”
“We have a tough away game, if we perform well we have a chance.”
Newcastle will also have Daryl Janmaat fit to play after he came off against Stoke in the second half, but Daryl has shown good judgement with that knee of his and when it plays up – he comes off the field and is usually available for the next game.
A win tomorrow can take Newcastle out of the bottom three for the upcoming International break – so we really need the 3 points – and if we can get the win we can give out a little sigh of relief – that things may indeed be starting to improve.