Former Toon striker admits Newcastle's latest injury is devastating.
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has bemoaned the 'cruel luck' which has befallen goalkeeper Rob Elliott.
Elliott suffered a knee injury on international duty with Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night in their 2-2 draw with Slovakia.
He was stretchered off after just 14 minutes, and now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Mirror report Elliott is out for around six months, missing the rest of this season and Euro 2016.
Shearer took to Twitter to comment on the news, hailing Elliott as one of Newcastle United's best players this season.
Devastating news for @the_dilsh Football is cruel at times. Newcastle's best player this season by a mile. Wishing you a speedy recovery.— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) March 30, 2016
Elliott's injury is a cruel blow for Newcastle too, with the team desperate to avoid relegation. This weekend they visits survival rivals Norwich City, and must choose between Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman to start in goal for the crunch fixture.
First choice goalkeeper Tim Krul is out with a similar knee injury, also sustained on international duty earlier in the season.