Newcastle's Rob Elliot winning fitness race for Bournemouth clash - report

Elliot picked up a thigh problem in last weekend's draw against Stoke.

Newcastle United are likely to receive an injury boost ahead of Saturday lunchtime's crucial clash with Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot is expected to be fit for the game, according to the Shields Gazette, after he struggled with a thigh problem during the 0-0 draw with Stoke City last weekend. 

The report also says that Newcastle were prepared to ask the Premier League for permission to bring in another goalkeeper on an emergency loan deal - with Victor Valdes said to be one of the options under consideration.

With the absence of Tim Krul for the rest of the season because of an ACL injury, it could be an option they still explore, given that Elliot does have a long-standing problem with his thigh.

Losing Krul will have felt like rotten luck in itself for Head Coach Steve McClaren, who will aim to lead his side out of the relegation zone this weekend with a win at Dean Court, as they go in search of only their second league victory of the season. 

If Elliot were to miss out this weekend, Freddie Woodman could be in line for a start, but McClaren is set to make a decision pretty late in the day, in order to give Elliot enough time to prove his fitness.

In this case it would be ideal for Elliot to be fit, given that he has more experience in what could be a crucial game in the context of Newcastle's season, though if Woodman were to play, it would be a big test for the 18-year-old so early on in his career.

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