As we had expected Martin O´Neill has names Rob Elliot in his reduced Ireland squad for the playoffs with Bosnia-Herzegovina.
But with the news today that Rob played yesterday against advice from the Newcastle medical team – it seems unlikely to us that Steve McClaren can let him go on International duty with his thigh still dodgy and he played in some pain yesterday.
Rob Elliot named in reduced Republic of Ireland squad
Steve wants to keep him on Tyneside so he can receive more treatment to try to mend that bad thigh of his – which has been a chronic problem for over a year now.
The fact that is still our only fit senior goalkeeper at the club also plays into that decision.
O´Neill is sweating on the fitness of five of his players named in the 30 man squad and they include Rob and the five players will be assessed by their clubs tomorrow to see if they are fit enough to join the squad in Dublin.
Rob Elliot will be assessed by the Newcastle medical team on Monday and we expect the club to tell Martin O´Neill that Rob´s simply not fit enough to join the Ireland squad.
Rob is playing in some pain at the moment and the very last thing we want is to lose Rob Elliot after we lost Tim Krul for the season during the last International break with a serious ACL knee injury.
The Ireland squad has been reduced from 39 to 30 and does contain four goalkeepers so perhaps O´Neil is expecting at least one of the goalies to pull out.
Here´s the squad that O´Neill has just announced:
Goalkeepers: David Forde (Millwall), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Rob Elliot (Newcastle United)
Defenders: Richard Keogh (Derby County), Marc Wilson (Stoke City), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Derby County), John O’Shea (Sunderland) , Alex Pearce (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Paul McShane (Reading), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Robbie Brady (Norwich City)
Midfielders: James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby County), Darron Gibson (Everton), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Aiden McGeady (Everton), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), Alan Judge (Brentford), David Meyler (Hull City), Jonathan Walters (Stoke City), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City)
Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids)