Steve McClaren confirms Rob Elliot is fit for Bournemouth tie

Steve McClaren

The Newcastle goalkeeper crisis has been staved off for now.

Newcastle United have recently been struck by an injury crisis among their goalkeepers. Tim Krul injured his knee on international duty with the Netherlands whilst Karl Darlow is currently struggling with his own injury problems.

It then emerged that Rob Elliot had exacerbated a thigh problem and could miss a game or two. He was not present for most of training this week - with youngsters Freddie Woodman and Brendan Pearson filling in.

Now however Steve McClaren has confirmed that their goalkeeping issues have been alleviated slightly. Elliot's injury is not as bad as first feared and he is fit for the game.

McClaren told his pre-match press conference today that the Irishman will be in goal for Newcastle United against Bournemouth tomorrow afternoon.

He stated:

"Rob Elliot is fit to play. We have him enough time, rest and recovery and he's trained the last two days."

Hopefully Elliot can remain fit considering his track record of picking up injuries after coming in to the first-team.

Newcastle have been linked with a glut of free agents and loans in the past week or so and Toon fans could certainly do without that.

So Elliot must remain fit.

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