Newcastle United's Rob Elliot ruled out until the end of the season

Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has been called up to the first-team squad.

Newcastle United have been rocked with another injury problem, according to a report in the Sunderland Echo.

The Magpies are without a number of first-team players already and back-up goalkeeper Rob Elliot is now set to miss the rest of the campaign through injury.

Elliot has picked up a thigh injury in training and it means that 18-year-old Freddie Woodman will be added to the senior squad, filling a spot on the substitutes' bench, for the remainder of the campaign.

Woodman is considered to be a fine talent, and a future number one at St. James' Park, but there are question marks over whether he is ready for senior competition at this age.

Woodman is still to make his debut and has a lot of developing to do before he is ready to play a regular role.

Of course, as back-up goalkeeper there is no guarantee that he will step onto the pitch over the coming weeks, but with Newcastle's injury problems being as severe as they have been, it wouldn't be all that surprising if Tim Krul were to pick up another fitness problem.

Earlier in the campaign Jak Alnwick, who is now also injured, had to be called up to the senior squad following injuries to Krul and Elliot, and it could be that Woodman has to be utilised in similar circumstances.

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