Former Newcastle United midfielder Rob Lee has offered his support to "top class" goalkeeper Rob Elliot, who suffered a potentially season-ending injury on international duty with the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old lasted just 14 minutes of last night's 2-2 draw with Slovakia in Dublin, appearing to damage his knee and with it his chances of helping the Magpies in their relegation battle.
Elliot has been a bright point in an otherwise horrendous season for Newcastle, brilliantly deputising for first-choice Tim Krul after the Dutchman's season was cut short through injury back in October.
And ex-midfielder Lee was quick to acknowledge his contribution to the cause, praising his level of performance and wishing him a speedy recovery.
The full extent of the injury remains uncertain, though Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill admitted to the press directly afterwards that it looked "serious".
It could thrust 25-year-old third-choice Karl Darlow into the spotlight for the remainder of the season as Rafael Benitez's side - 19th in the Premier League table, three points from safety with eight matches left - fight for their top-flight status.