We reported earlier today that Rob Elliot is out of the Republic of Ireland’s important Euro 2016 play-off game on Friday night in Bosnia and Herzegovina – and he did not travel with the Ireland squad who jetted out today for the game.
Martin has talked to Newcastle officials and with Rob himself – who wants to play – but the Newcastle goalkeeper has admitted he is not fully fit.
Martin O’Neill – I understand Newcastle’s position
This is what the Republic of Ireland manager said about the Newcastle goalkeeping situation:
“No, I understand Newcastle’s position. From our viewpoint, I think they understand ours. We could call him and assess him ourselves if we so desire.”
“But Rob himself, I think that’s the main person to ask about it all and Rob himself, while feeling that he is not great, would obviously want to do something.”
“But he doesn’t feel as if he’s 100 %, or possibly not even 80% fit, so from that viewpoint, even though he did splendidly in the game, I think we are served well enough.”
“Rob would obviously love to play, but perhaps he’s not completely right.” “We will in essence travel without him to go to Bosnia, and then we will see how things are.”
“Again, we do have a bit of a problem as well with Keiren Westwood – Keiren has got a foot injury – but he thinks he’s okay.”
The return game is only three days after the first leg and will take place in Dublin next Monday night.
Although nothing is certain at this stage – it’s very unlikely Rob will be fit for that game if he’s not even 80% fit for Friday night’s game.
We are hoping Rob will become fitter before our home game against Leicester City a week on Saturday, but it looks like he will not be 100% fit by then.