Martin O´Neill´s provisional squad of 39 for the playoff games with will be trimmed down on Monday and there is a decent chance that Rob Elliot, who was one of five goalkeepers named – could be in the final squad.
But it remains to be seen if Steve McClaren will call O´Neil to tell him Rob is not available because he´s still not fully fit, even though he got through the game at Bournemouth today and was our Man of the Match.
A smiling Rob Elliot at the end of the game today
We shouldn’t forget we lost Tim Krul for the season during the last International break.
This is what Steve McClaren said about Rob after the game and he seemed to suggest he was going nowhere over the next two weeks:
“We’ll wrap him up in cotton wool for the next two weeks.”
“Karl Darlow is not too far away from it. Rob’s been heroic the last two games to get us through what was, two weeks ago, a big crisis.”
“We need more of that. I said at half time character will win us this game, and it did. Tremendous.”
“I think people talk about goalkeepers getting you points, and a top goalkeeper can get you 15-20 points for performances like that.”
“Missing Tim Krul, we talked about that. He’s got to step in and do it.”
“Last week he made a great save and got us a point in one respect. Today he’s got us all three points, without a shadow of a doubt. And that’s what you want from your goalie.”
“Well I’ve got to say he was so positive from Monday, because we were wondering what to do.” “But he was so positive to play that we gave him every chance, every opportunity, and Friday he trained.”
“Today I thought he was excellent.”
To us it would be wrong to allow Rob to join the Republic of Ireland squad even though it is a very iomportabt playoff game.
Rob is not fully fit and it´s that chronic injury of his – his right thigh that is troubling him.
Far better have more treatment and try to strengthen the muscle in the next couple of weeks.
We don;t want to lose a second goalkeeper during an International break.
What do you think?