Jack Butland and Rob Elliot exchange commiserations on Twitter

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The Stoke City and Newcastle United goalkeepers commiserate with one another on Twitter after ankle and knee injuries ruin their Euro 2016 dream.

Injured Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has commiserated with his Newcastle United counterpart Rob Elliot, who was ruled out for 'several months' with a knee injury today.

The 29-year-old shot stopper lasted just 14 minutes of the Republic of Ireland's 2-2 draw with Slovakia in Dublin last night, with Newcastle confirming earlier today that Elliot would miss the Magpies' end-of-season relegation run-in.

He will also miss the chance to represent his adopted nation at Euro 2016 this summer, a feeling which English keeper Butland knows all about after seeing his international dream ended by an ankle injury in the Three Lions' win over Germany last week.

The duo appear to be in good spirits, however, and have thrashed out plans to meet up socially for the tournament, which starts in June.

 

Elliot, who had already been deputising for Newcastle stopper Tim Krul, will now give way to third-choice keeper Karl Darlow as he hopes to save United.

 

Rafael Benitez's side sit 19th in the Premier League table, three points shy of safety with a game in hand. Darlow is expected to line up between the sticks in Saturday's huge trip to 17th-placed Norwich City.

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