The Newcastle United goalkeeper has been out with a knee injury since March.
Newcastle's Rob Elliot celebrates at the end of the match
Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has made it clear that he is not set for a quick return to first-team action following his knee injury.
The Irish international goalkeeper suffered a serious knee injury at the end of March whilst on international duty with Martin O’Neill’s side.
Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett and Robert Elliot in action with West Ham's Michail Antonio
He spoke to News Talk this week and made it clear that he was looking at October at the earliest for a potential return to first-team football:
"There’s no chance [that I'll be back for the start of the season]. It was a complete ACL rupture, so it’s a minimum of 6 months.
“Because my injury was the best it could be, I’m looking at a six month return. That’s the best news I could have hoped for so, touch wood I’m back on track.
“Just looking for a return in October and doing everything that I can to get back fit.”
Republic of Ireland's Rob Elliot
Elliot had a decent campaign last season after stepping in after Tim Krul, the club’s regular first-choice, suffered a similar knee injury also on international duty.
He looked like Newcastle’s best player for much of the season but after his injury Karl Darlow stepped in with aplomb and Newcastle have also signed Belgian talent Matz Sels this summer.
Newcastle United's Tim Krul
Competition is therefore fierce for Elliot and when he does return to first-team football, in October or later, he is going to have a fight on his hands making his way back into the first-team for Newcastle United’s Championship campaign.
Fans will no doubt be hoping that the 30-year-old can return to his best in the near future.