The good news we wanted to hear is that Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot has not travelled with the Republic of Ireland squad to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first leg of their Euro 2016 play-off match.
Maybe it’s a selfish position to take because if you are Irish we know this is a really important two games – which could see Ireland qualify for the finals in France next summer – and that would be terrific.
Rob Elliot – not on the plane with Irish squad
From the Newcastle point of view we have already lost our number one goalkeeper Tim Krul for the season – after he was injured in the last International break and Rob – although he put in a brilliant performance for us last Saturday in our 1-0 win at Bournemouth – still has a dodgy thigh.
So playing two games in this Intentional break would have put pressure on the thigh and it could have gone – again.
Elliot was in the reduced squad of 30 that was announced by manager Martin O’Neill on Monday night, but the Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren did not want Rob to play in either of the two qualifying games since he played with pain last Saturday for Newcastle.
This is what Martin O’Neill said about the Newcastle goalkeeper today:
“In essence, we will be travelling without him to Bosnia.”
It remains to be seen if Rob is available for the home game against Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it’s almost certain he will not be available.
We are hoping that Rob will be receiving concentrated treatment for his thigh injury and will also be having strengthening exercises in an attempt to correct the problem that seemed to be caused a year ago when he also played injured while also deputizing for Tim Krul.
It’s always risky and dangerous to play while you are carrying an injury.
The other good news on the goalkeeping front at Newcastle is that new arrival 25 year-old Karl Darlow is back in training after he has recovered from his ankle injury so he will be pushing Rob for the first team position at Newcastle.
What do you think?