With all the news after last Saturday´s 0-0 draw with Stoke that Rob Elliot had injured his thigh again and was seen to limp off the field – people thought at that time it was almost certain we would have to bring in a goalkeeper on loan for the game today at Bournemouth.
But when nobody arrived by Tuesday it was thought that Steve McClaren could even be planning to rely on 18 year-old Freddie Woodman between he sticks for today´s game.
Rob Elliot – fit for today´s game at Bournemouth
Last Tuesday night assistant coach made an appearance on nufcTV and said the club were still hoping that Rob would be fit for Bournemouth and that the plan was to allow him to train maybe on Wednesday to see how he was doing.
That´s what happened and it seems that Rob came through the training sessions well and will start today.
This is what Steve McClaren said about Rob today and whether he is really fit:
“You are as certain as you can be every week.” “But he has come through most things in training. In the situation we’re in, he’s good enough to play.”
“We didn’t really get close to applying (for an emergency loan) really,” “We gave Rob an opportunity on Monday, and he came in nice and bright.”
“We said ‘OK, we’ll give you a chance to get fit’. And he’s done that.”
The good news is that new arrival Karl Darlow is very close to returning to training after he has recovered from an ankle injury and he will be fit for the game at home to Leicester on 21st November – our next game after today and the International break.
Let´s hope Rob plays well again today and we get all 3 points.