Rob Elliot unfazed by Newcastle United's deepening injury crisis

The 29-year old has unexpectedly become the Magpies' number one.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has suggested that the squad is strong enough to cope with the injury crisis currently developing.

The Magpies are short on senior options between the sticks after Karl Darlow’s ankle injury was added to by the news that first-choice stopper Tim Krul will miss the rest of the season, after rupturing his ACL on international duty this weekend.

Elliot, who started the season as third-choice ‘keeper, has now been bumped up to the first-team and will line-up against Norwich next weekend.

Newcastle have had to call on their young stoppers to provide cover and have recalled Fred Woodman from his loan spell with Crawley Town, while Paul Woolston and Brendan Pearson are also in contention.

Despite the lack of experience available to Steve McClaren, Elliot feels there is still enough quality for the Magpies to get through the coming weeks.

“We are fortunate to have good young lads around the goalkeeping department,” he said, in quotes published by the Chronicle.

“It was unfortunate Karl (Darlow) got injured in training.

“At the end of the day you have to be at your best and do all you can to get in the team. It is nice to have that healthy competition.

“You need to have strength in numbers and in depth. We definitely have that this year.

Elliot’s words likely stem from the fact that he now has an unexpected chance to see first-team action and he will now be determined to prove he can do a job for McClaren before the January transfer window arrives.

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