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.
mate, gutted for you and wish you a solid recovery! you can come round mine and we can watch the euros together! head up mate! @the_dilsh— Jack Butland (@JackButland_One) March 30, 2016
Cheers mate. Gutted for you.come back stronger big man. Sounds a plan I will bring the beers https://t.co/YeHjU2QjuZ— Robert Elliot (@the_dilsh) March 30, 2016
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.