It was probably the worst thing that could happen for Newcastle that Rob Elliot has sustained a serious knee injury playing for Ireland last night against Slovakia.
It looks very likely that the injury is very serious will keep him out of the Euro 2106 Championships in France in June and will almost certainly mean he will miss the last eight games of the season for Newcastle.
Since the season ends six weeks on Sunday when we will have played those eight games, this is a terrible blow to Newcastle’s survival chances as it looks like Rob has suffered ligament damage to the knee – maybe a similar injury suffered by Tom Krul when he played for the Netherlands last October and has missed the rest of the season.
Rob Elliot lies injured after 14 minutes of the game against Slovakia
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was hardly upbeat when he said the initial prognosis on Rob was not promising:
“He’s not great. He’s got a serious knee injury. It’s a real disappointment and obviously a dampener on the evening, particularly when he is getting his career together.
“He was going really well at Newcastle and looking forward to the game and coming here into the squad with a lot of confidence.
“I have just spoken to the doctor and he’s not happy.”
“It might be too early for me to be making those assumptions. I was asking the doctor before I came out.”
“I hope to see Rob – I think he’s coming back to the hotel later on – but I don’t think it’s good.”
There will be more debate now on these International friendlies that they take too much of a toll on players who are asked to play far too many games in a season, when they are regular International players and it means we have lost our top two goalkeepers this season in International games.
The incompetence of those running Newcastle – Mike Ashley and the Board of Directors – Lee Charnley, Graham Carr and Bob Moncur – have made things difficult this season, but once again the squad has been devastated by injuries – which happens every single season at Newcastle.
Our survival chances of being a Premier League club at the end of the season are now not good.