Newcastle United´s goalkeeper Rob Elliot wasn’t fit enough to play for the Republic of Ireland in their play-off win against Bosnia and Herzegovina when they drew the first leg 1-1 and won the home leg 2-0 to make it to the finals.
All but Scotland of the home countries who have qualified for the Euro 2016 finals in France next summer with England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland all having qualified.
Rob Elliot saving another one at Bournemouth
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was understanding of the plight of Rob Elliot who was only 80% fit yet still between the sticks for Newcastle.
Rob will be motivated to make the Ireland squad for the finals next summer and if he can stay fit and keep playing like he has done in the last three games he could be Ireland´s first choice next summer.
It looks like Rob will again be in goal for Newcastle on Saturday although he´s still not 100% fit, but Karl Darlow is struggling to make it.
Karl has returned to training, but the club may keep young Freddie Woodman on the bench for the Leicester City game.
There are a couple of decisions Steve McClaren will need to make on the goalkeeping front.
One is whether to allow Freddie Woodman to go out on loan again – with November 25th being the cut-off date for emergency loans.
And then in January Steve will need to decide whether to bring in another goalkeeper.
If either Rob or Karl are injured before that – or Rob and/or Karl are not in good form through the end of the year – then Steve will in all likelihood bring in a goalkeeper on loan in January.
The scenario we like to see is for Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow to stay fit for the rest of the season and fight it out for the number one position at Newcastle in Tim Kruls’absence through injury.
And also have Woodman out on loan getting good first team experience for the talented young goalkeeper.
What do you think?