The Magpies' goalkeeping crisis may force McClaren's hand.
Tim Krul’s season-ending injury was a hammer blow for the Magpies – particularly with second-choice Karl Darlow also out injured – and the outlook for third-in-line Elliot now also looks bleak.
The 29-year old pulled up with a groin strain during Newcastle’s goalless draw with Stoke on Saturday and McClaren may have no choice but to draft someone in.
“We will have to investigate it because we fear the worst with Rob,” said the Magpies boss, in quotes published by the Chronicle.
“We have only got one keeper, but we will look at that…it is a bad situation to be in.”
“You need a top keeper which is what I said a few weeks ago after Tim Krul got injured and Jack (Butland)’s performance reiterates what I said about goalkeepers.
“They win you points, and without his performance, we would have come away with three points (against Stoke),”he added.
18-year old Freddie Woodman will likely have to deputise in Elliot’s absence against Bournemouth should no cover be drafted in over the next few days, in what would be a less than ideal scenario.
The youngster has yet to appear for the Newcastle first-team and despite his successful loan spell at Crawley Town, is not the person required between the sticks at St. James Park right now.
McClaren’s men have showed signs of a recovery in recent weeks but the loss of Elliot is a further setback in what has been an injury-ravaged start to the season.