Crocked Newcastle United 'keeper Rob Elliot discusses the advice he has received from Ryan Taylor and Mike Williamson

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The Irishman has suffered a serious knee injury and will be out of action for at least six months.

Newcastle United have not been lucky with injuries this season, especially when it comes to the goalkeeping department.

Tim Krul suffered a serious knee injury on international duty with the Netherlands earlier this season.

Republic of Ireland stopper Rob Elliot stepped up in his absence and has been one of the club’s better performers since taking over between the sticks.

Unfortunately, he is now out with the same injury Krul suffered, also picking up the problem on international duty.

Karl Darlow is now tending goal for Newcastle United as they fight relegation from the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Elliot is fighting to get back to full fitness as soon as possible.

The Irishman, who will miss Euro 2016, has been speaking about his recovery this week and says he has received some top advice from two former Newcastle players who themselves suffered serious knee injuries. Elliot told the official Newcastle United website:

"There's loads of players here that have done it, and obviously Tim's going through it at the same time, but speaking to the surgeon - who's done a lot of the football boys, who've all come back - he said when you decide to retire, it won't be because of your knee, it'll be because you're too tired or you don't want to play anymore.

"That's the positive thing - that you do everything right, you rehab well and you get back strong, and then hopefully it won't be an issue in the future.

"I've spoken to Ryan Taylor and Mike Williamson, who've had similar injuries, and they said they've had no issues whatsoever. They're good and they're strong and they're cracking on."

Taylor, now with Hull City and Williamson, now with Wolves, both recovered from their injuries but the former took years to fully recover and Elliot must be fearful of a similar recovery time.

Hopefully not, as he has been one of the few positives from this Newcastle United campaign.

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