Martin O'Neill shares how doctor feels about Rob Elliot's serious knee injury

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Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot suffered a knee injury whilst playing for Ireland on Tuesday night.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has told The Irish Examiner that goalkeeper Rob Elliot is 'not great' after a major knee injury sustained on Tuesday night.

Ireland continued their preparations for Euro 2016 with an entertaining 2-2 home draw with Slovakia, just days after beating Switzerland 1-0 at the Aviva Stadium.

All the scoring came in the first half, as Miroslav Stoch opened the scoring for Slovakia before Shane Long's equaliser from the penalty spot, and just three minutes later, James McClean also scored a penalty to put Ireland 2-1 up.

However, Paul McShane's own goal handed Slovakia a draw, but the post-match headlines were dominated by an awful to injury to goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

The 29-year-old has been in outstanding form for Newcastle this season, coming in from the cold after injuries to Tim Krul and Karl Darlow. Those displays have put him in the frame for Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign, and he was in a straight fight with West Ham's Darren Randolph for the No. 1 jersey.

However, Elliot was substituted after just minutes having injured his knee during Slovakia's opening goal, and the immediate view is that he will not only miss the rest of the season, but also the whole of Euro 2016.

After the final whistle, manager Martin O'Neill spoke to The Irish Examiner, and admitted that the doctor isn't happy with the injury right now, suggesting that he could miss a significant chunk of time with his huge injury blow for club and country.

"He’s not great. He’s got a serious knee injury,” said O’Neill. "It’s a real disappointment and puts a dampener on the evening, particularly when he is getting his career together. He’s doing well for Newcastle and was coming in here with a lot of confidence."

"I’ve just spoken to doctor and he’s not happy. It might be too early for me to be making assumptions. I hope to see Rob. I think he’s coming back to the hotel, but I don’t think he’s great," he added.

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