Rob Elliot shares message he sent Darlow upon hearing of his injury

Newcastle United’s Rob Elliot has been ruled out for up to six months.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot says he sent Karl Darlow a message upon hearing of the extent of his injury to let him know how good he is, the club’s official website report.

The Magpies have been dealt a cruel blow in their bid for Premier League survival after Elliot suffered a knee ligament injury during the Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 international friendly draw with Slovakia.

With number one Tim Krul already ruled out for the season, Newcastle are down to their third and final senior goalkeeper in Karl Darlow and the pressure is now on the former Nottingham Forest man to perform.

Speaking with the club’s official website, Elliot backs his understudy to show the Newcastle crowd what he is all about and shares how he sent Darlow a message upon discovering the extent of his injury.

"Karl Darlow will now get that opportunity and I know you will show him the support that you've given me. He's a great guy, he gets what Newcastle is all about and he works hard every day to get an opportunity like this. He deserves that roar from our fans like I had,” Elliot explained.

"I messaged him as soon as I knew about my injury because I wanted him to know and to be ready. I know how good a goalkeeper he is already and how good he is going to be."

Elliot is widely regarded as Newcastle’s outstanding player this season, and despite his injury he is already all-but assured of picking up the club’s Player of the Year award at the end of the campaign.

Darlow, a signing from Nottingham Forest, has very little experience in the top-flight having only made one Premier League appearance in Newcastle colours since joining the club.

Yet, the burden has fallen on his shoulders in terms of helping Rafa Benitez’s side avoid relegation to the Championship and he no doubt has the ability in his locker to help make a difference.

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