Rob Elliot was being assessed by a specialist yesterday to see if he is fully recovered from that thigh injury and we suppose if he’s given the all-clear he will join up with the Republic of Ireland squad for their two-game qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Martin O’Neill knows all about the great game Rob had on Saturday at Bournemouth even though Rob was carrying a thigh injury and played against doctor’s orders.
Martin O’Neill – Ireland manager
This is Martin said about the doubts surrounding the Newcastle goalkeeper:
“I find this one a wee bit strange when Rob Elliot actually played the game and was man of the match.”
“He is being assessed by a specialist again today and we will get an update with him either later on this evening or maybe Tuesday morning.”
It’s not strange at all – Newcastle took a risk with him and it paid off – but if Elliot plays say twice in the next two weeks before the game against Leicester City then that thigh could go again.
And then where would we be – with all three senior goalkeepers not available?
Steve McClaren has made it clear he does not want Rob to join up with the Ireland squad and when asked if that would happen this is what he said:
“I hope not and I don’t think so. He is the man in goal at the moment and we want to wrap him in cotton wool, try to get him out for the next game.”
“He was so positive from Monday because we were wondering what to do. He was so positive to play that we gave him every chance, every opportunity, and then on Friday he trained well. I thought he was excellent.”
With more and more money pouring into the Premier League – allowing players to go away on International duty with the potential of them returning injured and sometimes seriously injured – continues to be a big problem for clubs.
And we have to realize we lost Tim Krul for the season in the last International break, so allowing Rob to leave and have him come back injured would not be good.
And that’s a huge understatement.
As far as we are concerned the club pays the players’ wages and they have to take priority when there are doubts about the fitness of a particular player – which is the case at the moment with Rob Elliot.
What do you think?