Rob Elliot – as he injured his knee last night
Newcastle have released another statement today about Rob Elliot – and as expected Rob has an ACL knee injury – the same as Tim Krul picked up last October.
Here’s Newcastle’s statement issued this afternoon:
Newcastle United can confirm that goalkeeper Rob Elliot has sustained an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament, suffered during the Republic of Ireland’s friendly fixture against Slovakia last night.
Rob has returned to Newcastle and has been assessed this morning by the Club’s doctor. He will now commence a programme of treatment and rehabilitation.
Regrettably, the severity of this injury will rule Rob out for a number of months.
Everyone connected with Newcastle United wishes Rob the very best for his recovery.
This is some of an email Rob has sent out to Newcastle supporters:
“The warm wishes I have seen from fans, players and people involved in the game mean the world to me and it’s nice to know that there are so many good people wishing me well at such a dark time.”
“Sustaining the injury happened in a split second. The ball was played across the goal and I moved across to get in line. I dived after the ball as I would do in any training session or any game, but I felt pain straight away.
“Watching it back, I grabbed my knee before I’d even landed.”
“When I found out it was my cruciate ligament, that’s when the tears came. There was a wave of emotion knowing I’d miss the rest of the season with Newcastle and the Euros with Ireland. But you have to let that come, get past it and then look to be positive.”
Rob grabbing his knee while he was still diving to his left is shown above.
Here’s Rob’s Twitter account if you would like to send him a message of encouragement – and don’t forget to thank him for what he’s done for Newcastle this season – he’s been fantastic for us.