Newcastle Wounded Warrior Gives Positive Update


Good news from goalkeeper Rob Elliot today that he thinks his return is only weeks away rather than months.

But with such a serious injury, Rob cannot push it too much and the medical team will make sure that he doesn’t do too much too soon.

The last thing we want is a relapse and when fully fit,  Rob is likely to be the Newcastle number one again – especially if he plays like he did last season when he was our Player of the Season and simply brilliant.

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Rob Elliot – suffering the injured in late March in Dublin

Rob damaged his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee playing for Ireland at the end of March and that’s one of the worst injuries you can get – and it often ended players’ careers in the past.

Brian Clough is one well-known player who had to retire after he initially picked up the injury when he was just 27 and had to retire when he was 29.

Ron has given an update today in the Chronicle on his injury and how near he is to playing again:

“Hopefully it will be the next few weeks.”

“It’s now weeks rather than months – and that feels great to say.” “I just have to see what happens, but I am looking forward to being back in the routine with the lads every day.”

“That’s the main thing.” “It’s going really well and I am training with Simon Smith three times a week.”

“I’m still on my own and not with the lads just yet, but there’s progression because I need to be doing more than what the lads would be doing day-to-day.”

“It’s all positive and I feel strong.” “This is also a bit of a journey into the unknown because I have not had this injury.”

“Touch wood everything has been going great for me.”

“It’s a case of keeping going with the work and making sure when I come back I am ready to come back I’m not rushing it and not doing anything silly.”

“As you get older you have to use your experience.” “I could probably come back and play today, but that would be a massive risk and it’s just not worth it.”

“You have to be really sensible, work hard and listen carefully to what people tell you and go from there.”

“The usual steps are you might play a game in the reserves and get back in the lads.” “But if I am ready to play, I’m ready to play, whether it’s in the reserves or not.”

“It’s unknown territory for me really as I have never had a serious injury or serious operation before.”

“Touch wood I want to get back training with the lads as quickly as possible.” “Then that’s when it gets handed over to the coaches and the manager.”

“They can then see you in a session and decide whether you need a game or reserve game.”

“With the standard of players we have now, sometimes training is as intense or even more intense as a game.”

“When you train with the size of the squad we have and you are doing that day in, day out, it sometimes gets you up to speed.”

“In all honesty, I’d have to hold my hands up and see what happens.”

“I am sure there will be reserve games penciled in, but when and how is down to the people who make the decisions on the medical and playing side.”

“Sometimes you have to trust what they say or see.” “You may feel good but they may look at you and feel you need a little bit longer.”

“Or you might not feel too confident but the coaches say you look great – go on.”

Good update from Rob there.

It’s not just because Rob is such a good goalkeeper that we want him back soon, but he’s also a strong voice in the dressing room, on the training field and during games.

Rob became one of the leaders at Newcastle last season and is an important player to the team.

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63 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 10, 2016 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #1

    No rush. I like him as a keeper and team member, but I’m confident with Darlow, and hopefully Sels is busy adjusting and aclimatising behind the scenes.

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  • Ron Knee

    Oct 10, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #2

    A couple of NUFC old boys playing tonight – on opposite sides.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 10, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Aarons arrested for taking part in a brawl at Bar Novello. Great news. Well done Aarons. What will Rafa do?

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  • sing in the corner

    Oct 10, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Geordie2
    Nothing too dramatic I would suggest. He will have a chat with him and straighten him out. Probably would leave him out of the squad for a bit…IF he was fit.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 10, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Just been through all the live streams advertised for england U20’s game, only to find none of them work.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 10, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #6

    I think Aarons would struggle to get into the squad at present even if he was fir and not on the naughty step.

    Elliot will probably get a few reserve games before he’s considered for first team action.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 10, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Would like to see Aarons loaned out for a season when he comes back fit !

    Before he got injured he just looked so out of place and undisciplined needs to learn the game such as when to make runs, when to pass and when to beat a man etc which comes with regular game time!

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  • Spoof

    Oct 10, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #8

    On Mitro from earlier threads, Rafa has always preferred quick and mobile strikers rather than target men, Mitro will not be a regular feature, neither will Murphy, why we have two back up strikers who are not in the Rafa style is a puzzler, why sign Murphy and not another quick and mobile striker has for me been the strangest of all our transfers.

    Mitro I fear for, I love the lad to bits but under Rafa as I have said since Rafa came I fear his days are numbered, he just isn’t Rafa’s style sadly.

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 10, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #9

    Lee, with you on the loan option mate, he could do with some regular first team competitive games under his belt. Six months would do it. Thete’d be no shortage of takers I reckon.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 10, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #10
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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 10, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Spoof, in answer to your question earlier, you come across fine my friend. 🙂

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 10, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #12

    @BobbyBee

    Yeah the problem he has at the moment is hes never fit for a month loan never mind a six month loan!

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 10, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Lee, you’d like to think he’d learned from that though. He seems to be making fewer duff signings since then. Nobody will ever ever get it right every single time. If – as I fully expect – he takes us up, his signings will be seen as a success. We all get it wrong sometimes, regardless of what we do. If you learn from those mistakes, you’re definitely heading in the right direction. 🙂

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  • Bobbybee

    Oct 10, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Lee, mmm, I see your point. Ok, how about six seperate loan deals of a month each time? 🙂

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 10, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #15

    @Bobbybee

    I think Rafa has learned a lot since then which explains our signings this season ! A lot more players who can slot straight into the league with minimum of fuss!

    We may see more players from abroad with potential next season

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  • cyprus

    Oct 10, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #16

    I always liked Gayle, but I feel he maybe isn’t that influential no.9 who will literally turn games and rip defenses apart. Which I know is a bit unfair as he’s done ok up to now.

    Perhaps this Mitro can be what I have in mind, or maybe we still don’t have that player.

    Didn’t Andy really get his Chance last time in this division?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Oct 10, 2016 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Quiet on here tonight

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  • Belfast

    Oct 10, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #18

    I think it’s a boycott Shirebrook.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 10, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #19

    The blog elders want Bobbybee and wing commander Jib to resign from their positions.

    Was talking to Tsunki aka Candycain on the C.b.

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  • Belfast

    Oct 10, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #20

    10-24 Candycain that’s a 10-24 over!

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 10, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Benitez big strikers

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 10, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Haha, sorry, was trying to google that. Lack of grey matter I suspect.

    Didn’t he have Drogba at Chelsea and Higuain at Napoli.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 10, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #23

    Spoof,
    Mitro under Benitez is a puzzle. Benitez does seem to prefer more mobile strikers, but the signings he has made don’t suit Gayle as much as they probably would suit Mitro given a decent run. I think our best side probably has both at the moment.

    As for Murphy, I think we signed him because Benitez gave up on his preferred signings. We went for an effective player at this level who would be happy as back up, and not rock the boat. Rather than spending a larger amount of cash on someone who wasn’t a player that was high on the list, but closer to the player/style we wanted.

    Murphy can do the job, and was inexpensive. effective, and short term. Better than signing someone like Rivi for sizeable cash, because the striker ahead on the list wouldn’t, despite knowing Rivi wasn’t good enough.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 10, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #24

    Wow, tonight is really dead.

    Having used this lull to read back, I see Jib knows me. He may well do, I don’t remember half the people I have met or know, but at the same time, it is fairly easy to find out my name, and subsequently who I am just by clicking on the hyperlink on my name here!

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  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2016 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #25

    Lil

    It is quiet tonight. Last night (Sunday) was quiet too.

    Some posters who were shall we say, a little angry and/ or provocative over the weekend, have been conspicuous by their absence. *sigh*. I wonder if Ed’s shown a red card or two.

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  • Offkey

    Oct 10, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Belfast – I got that reference, however sad that is. Watch the horror channel regularly.

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Oct 10, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #27

    When Mitro came on against Norwich did we not go 442?

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  • Offkey

    Oct 10, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Lesh – think it’s what Belfast said.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 10, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Uncertain,
    I asked that at the time, and was told not really.

    Lesh,
    Was it? I didm/t bother last night, not sure when it was I popped on, but the whole thread prior was ridiculous. 162 posts (weird what my brain actually remembers), with only a handful that were actually about sport (half of those were about cricket as well, although I like cricket, so no problem for me there).

    I doubt Ed has shown red cards though, seen far worse by others who still post, or have stopped of their own accord.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 10, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #30

    You get more off the ball with Gayle and possibly more goals from him than you would with Mitro, but you don’t get much football from him, which is probably why we haven’t seen Mitro and Gayle together. If you play him off Mitro’s shoulder you will weaken the midfield. Metro can hold the ball up, lay it off, and get his head on crosses. I still expect Mitro to win the starting role, and frankly if he doesn’t it’ll be down to temperament. If he keeps his head down he’ll get the gig.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 10, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Jimmy……Jimmy etc,
    Given Diame’s form, how much do we really weaken the midfield doing that? Could we bring Tiote in alongside Shelvey to strengthen it and enable us to play both? Is a combination of 2 from Shelvey, Colback, Hayden, Tiote, Anita, Diame not good enough to compete with most Championship midfields? Particularly at home, or against lesser sides.

    I doubt Rafa would stray too far from 4231, but even within that there is scope to play Gayle and Mitro.

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  • Offkey

    Oct 10, 2016 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #32

    On topic, I really didn’t like Elliot, thought he was a terrible keeper and was a pardew man……however, he changed my opinion somewhat and it’s nice to be proven wrong

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  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2016 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Jimmy

    You’d best leave the Googleing to Jib – he’s the Blog’s unofficial Goolemeister and he’s got friends in high places.

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  • Offkey

    Oct 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #34

    Lil – I thought about that but can’t see mitro in a deeper role or wide as not mobile enough. Switch Gayle wide I think we weaken team substantially. Put him in the 10 spot We lose him being on the shoulder. Can’t see it working personally unless 2 up.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 11, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #35

    Yeah, Diame hasn’t settled to his new role. If you accept that 4231 is the way Rafa will go, then Perez is probably better suited than Gayle if Mitro starts, and that means abandoning both Gayle and Diame. Quite a big decision for Rafa, and one at present he appears reluctant to make.

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  • Uncertain Toon

    Oct 11, 2016 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #36

    Lil,
    Hayden for Colback, Mitro for Diame. I can’t imagine it being anything else mate.
    Noticed Serbia looked like 343 last night at least till Mitro went off.
    Rafa brought Atsu on for Dummet so you’d think his instructions would be 343, however we were lobbing the old kitchen sink at it so looked more like 37 or 28!!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 11, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #37

    Difficult to say if Gayle gets you more goals. He certainly gets you different types of goals. He has scored something like 1 in 5 of his shots, it isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either. Some of the chances he has missed (Villa) would have seen Mitro hung drawn and quartered on here.

    I’m not having a go at Gayle here, very few strikers score more than 1 in every 3 or 4 shots. Aguero is 1 in 5 so far this year, and last year was just under that over the season.

    Play Mitro and Gayle together and you have players to take advantage of different opportunities.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 11, 2016 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #38

    Well, I’d certainly do it, and have done it before now, but it is rather looking like Benitez and co see it differently. As I’ve said though, I think our best bet from an overall team performance, is Mitro up top, Perez behind, but that would be a bit harsh on Gayle, who has done little wrong.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Oct 11, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #39

    Offkey,
    Mitro has to be the focal point. I agree that 2 up top gets more out of both than the 4231, but I don’t see Gayle losing out too much. He has the pace to get past him, and that in itself pulls others out of position creating chances for others. Mitro will drag other defenders towards him as well, which again creates gaps for Gayle. Diame doesn’t suit Gayle for me, and I think there is more to come from both, but not in those roles together.

    Jimmy….Jimmy,
    Is it a coincidence our best attacking performance came with Mitro up top and Perez moving intelligently off him? Surely Gayle could do similar and offer more pace and a greater goal threat.

    Uncertain,
    I’m not sure on 343, but last season I was advocating playing 2 more advanced players to create something closer to a 3 man attacking line. However, this year, I don’t see where that leaves Ritchie, and I think he is probably the player who can unlock defences for us more than any other.

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  • Offkey

    Oct 11, 2016 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #40

    Lil- it’s just whether he has the intelligence fo no.10 imo. Unknown to me as yet. I’m in the group with supermac who wants to see both up front at home…..will happen at some point and I am hoping it clicks so it gives Rafa another difficult decision to make.

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