The Republic of Ireland international was part of Martin O’Neil’s squad to face Bosnia and Herzegovina in their Euro 2016 qualifying playoff but didn’t feature as a precaution over his fitness.
With Tim Krul ruled out for the season and Karl Darlow absent, Elliot has become the Magpies’ number one custodian, and McClaren must have been cursing his luck when he picked up a thigh injury.
However, with a two-week recovery period, the 29-year-old has been declared fully fit to resume action.
“He’s fine and he’s fit for the game. We said that to Martin O’Neil a couple of weeks ago. We were up front, we told them he would be fit and we wanted him to play against Leicester so we were open about it,” Newcastle boss McClaren was quoted as saying by the Chronicle.
Elliot’s presence in the Newcastle team has been quite a major talking point considering his lack of top-flight experience and subsequent journey to the top.
The former Charlton Athletic man was a regular for the Addicks in League One before falling out of favour and subsequently joining Accrington Stanley on loan when they were in the Conference.
Newcastle signed him in 2011, but his inclusion in the first team has ever only occurred when the club’s first-choice was ruled out through either injury or suspension.
Many suspected with the arrival or Darlow that Elliot’s career at St. James’ Park would be over, but a quite astonishing turn of events now sees him as an important member of the first team.