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Great News As Top Star Returns To Training

10:01 pm, Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

Really great news put out by Newcastle today that Rob Elliot has returned to full training with the Newcastle squad.

That’s a little over six months since he injured his ACL playing for Ireland and that’s a rapid return to training after such a very serious injury.

Rob will soon be pressing both Karl Darlow and Matz Sels for that starting position in goal – great news for Rob and great news for Newcastle United.

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Tags: Coaching · Injuries · Medical · Newcastle News · Rob Elliot

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ShirebrookToon // Oct 11, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Better up your game Sels and Darlow. Robs hot on your heels!

  • 2 Bobbybee // Oct 11, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Mitrovic has certainly given Rafa food for thought after that display. Took his goals well – we’ve seen easier ones missed – but his overall play and willingness to make himself available is what impressed me.

  • 3 Bobbybee // Oct 11, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Looks like a vacancy with the SFA may become available soon. 🙂

  • 4 Bobbybee // Oct 11, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    Shirebrook, one position we’re not short of quality is definitely goalkeeper. Now and the foreseeable future in fact. Need to get Woody back out on loan though, to keep him progressing.

  • 5 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 11, 2016 at 10:25 PM


    There’s plenty of top class managers waiting for the chance, Allerdyce, Pardew, Bruce, Carver probably even Phil Brown very soon. To name but a few.

    You never know even wor Peter could chuck his name into the ring.

  • 6 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 11, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    I’d be very surprised if Wor Rob gets a start this side of Xmas.

  • 7 Bobbybee // Oct 11, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    Bill, you say top class managers. I see names, but no top class managers! 🙂

  • 8 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 11, 2016 at 10:34 PM


    How can you say that, I’ve mentioned the cream of British managers.

    Although what do we say about the cream? 🙂

  • 9 Essex Geordie Bill // Oct 11, 2016 at 10:36 PM

    TV break, back later.

  • 10 Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith // Oct 12, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Anita is more than capable in midfield at this level, because he’d be part of a dominant side, and his job would be simply to give and go, get tight goal side and get a foot in.

    He’s probably 5th or 6th choice anyway, so it’s rather moot. It’s in the faster more challenging epl, in a struggling side that e’s been undone. I think if we can put together a top half group of players once back next season, he’d be worth an extension, not to be a starter, but a capable understudy.

  • 11 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 12, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    In my view, Anita is too lightweight in midfield. Our team gets pushed around in this league (in the middle and up front anyway) as it is. One of the reasons Hayden and Mitrovic should be starting.

  • 12 Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith // Oct 12, 2016 at 1:21 AM

    I do agree though size is an asset. The four best central mids I think we have if fit and focused are Shelvey, Tiote, Hayden and probably Diame, but for sure Colback and Anita are good players at this level. Certainly I agree we’d benefit from a fit and focussed Mitrovic up top.

  • 13 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 12, 2016 at 1:36 AM

    Well to be honest I have no time for Diame. Or Colback for that matter. If Tiote can get up to speed that would help. I think we are extremely thin on quality in midfield, even at this level. Not including wide players like Ritchie etc. I should say.

  • 14 Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith // Oct 12, 2016 at 1:48 AM

    Diame box to box alongside Shelvey, holding and passing from deep, would be intriguing. He’s playing in an unfamiliar role at the moment, and clearly lacking some confidence in front of goal, to be fair to him. Frankly, I see him as our best alternative to Shelvey, alongside either Tiote or Hayden, although I would never be concerned to see Colback or Anita in there either with the quality in the group to surround them, just not in tandem.

  • 15 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 12, 2016 at 2:53 AM

    Jimmy, I’ve seen too much of Diame to rate him in any role. “Sissoko Lite” is how I’d describe him. In midfield with Shelvey would be a disaster in my opinion. I just don’t think we have an adequate replacement for Shelvey if he goes down which is a big problem waiting to happen.

  • 16 Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith // Oct 12, 2016 at 3:06 AM

    Haha, yeah it could be a disaster, if Shelvey didn’t or couldn’t do the holding job, but really TOF, at this level they are both proven decent players, Shelvey in particular, unless you know something I don’t about Diame.

  • 17 Jib // Oct 12, 2016 at 4:56 AM

    From his youth and senior days in France and his two seasons in Spain , Diamé was always played as a defensive midfielder and Martinez bought him for Wigan as such.
    Allardyce took him to West Ham in their promotion year where he was still played as a DM , Steve Bruce then took him on a 3 year deal at Hull on deadline day 2014.
    One of the contributory factors to him being played in a more forward role was the walk out in January of Hatem ben Arfa who disappeared then popped up in Nice.
    Bruce originally just experimented with Mo in a forward supporting role but found he had a happy knack of scoring key goals in tight games.
    I think Rafa is still unclear on his best position and is still working on it.

  • 18 Jib // Oct 12, 2016 at 4:59 AM

    in January 2015 that should be

  • 19 Jib // Oct 12, 2016 at 5:19 AM

    Apparently Newcastle along with Valencia Seville and Betis were interested in the young Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz in the summer.
    He decided to stay and Zidane has only played him once in a cup game .He is now open to a loan move in January.It should be a good test of Rafa’s powers of persuasion.

  • 20 Jib // Oct 12, 2016 at 5:36 AM

    For the bingo buffs – there are reports that Jesus Gamez is fit and raring to go.

  • 21 Jib // Oct 12, 2016 at 5:44 AM

    I hope Ritchie and Hanley get over their Scotland disappointment quickly.

  • 22 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 12, 2016 at 7:17 AM

    After a promising start at West Ham Diame was a flop. Allardyce couldn’t trust him to play centre midfield and shuffled him around regularly dropping him, and was happy to see the back of him.

  • 23 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 12, 2016 at 7:23 AM

    Anyway I’m off. The regime apologists and disciples of the Portly Spanish Wowser Cult have taken to the airwaves.

  • 24 Jib // Oct 12, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    You use Allardyce not trusting a player as a criticism ?
    Then you mock Benitez !
    You prefer Allardyce over Benitez ?

    It must be something in the Australian water !

  • 25 The overrated Frenchman // Oct 12, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    In my water, it’s scotch Jib, and it’s happy hour at the Healesville Grand. You have a nice day grovelling around in the grime of Benwell or tacky Torremolinos or wherever you are.

  • 26 hibbit // Oct 12, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    condescending twat

  • 27 DG MAGPIE // Oct 12, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Who would take an ambitious punt on signing Joe Hart if we go up?

  • 28 Jib // Oct 12, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Guardiola doesn’t want him playing for a PL side that’s why he was banished to Serie A

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