It’s More Good News From Newcastle

We’ve been wondering how Rob Elliot is getting along with his recuperation from that bad ACL injury he picked up in late March and there’s some encouraging news this morning on Rob.

The Newcastle goalkeeping coach Simon Smith has given a positive update on Rob and all the other Newcastle goalkeepers –  including Tim Krul – who is now expected to play his first game in the next couple of weeks after he has returned from a very serious ACL injury.

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Rob Elliot signing new deal in early September

This is what Simon said:

“Rob Elliot trained with me twice last week and is now diving!”

“Hope to step it up to three goalkeeping sessions in the coming weeks.”

“Tim Krul is hoping to play his first game in the next week or so. Good luck and hope all goes well.”

“Matz Sels is with Belgium, Fred Woodman is with England U21’s. Great and pleased for both.”

“Karl Darlow and Paul Woolston are stuck with me for 10 days!”

Rob had been playing so well for us last season – he ended up as our Player of the Season – until he was injured playing for Ireland against Slovakia on March 29th (2-2 final result) and it immediately looked a serious injury.

It was after he played in the 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland – Rafa’s second game in charge – so in came Karl Darlow for the crucial game at Norwich, but we lost that 3-2 with a stoppage time goal from Norwich.

And then we were hammered 3-1 at Southampton.

But that turned out to be the turning point and in the last six games of last season we got three wins and three draws and Karl played well, but it wasn’t enough and we took the drop.

In fact since the Southampton defeat which was Rafa’s 4th game in charge at Newcastle, we have played 19 competitive games and won 12 in all competitions – a 63% win rate – which is not too bad.

This is good news on Rob Elliot who signed a new four year deal with Newcastle in early September and that keeps the 30 year-old at the club until at least 2020.

It’s also good news on Tim Krul whose contract was extended by Rafa and now runs through 2018.

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