David Meyler has message for Newcastle's Rob Elliot

Ireland's Rob Elliot and John O'Shea

The Newcastle United man was back in action at Under-23 level.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot made his first appearance since April on Monday as Newcastle United's Under-23s beat Aston Villa 4-2 last night.

The Republic of Ireland international suffered a knee injury in the tail end of last season and ended up missing Euro 2016 as a result.

Everything he has done in a professional setting since then has been geared toward a comeback, but he conceded within seconds against Villa's Under-23s.

Newcastle United's Rob Elliot

He did, however, make a fine save shortly after that and Newcastle's number one Karl Darlow - who displaced the problematic Matz Sels last week - will be worried about his regular spot in the Magpies XI.

Elliot said on Twitter afterwards that he was delighted to be back in action at St James's Park, and his Hull City counterpart and team-mate at international level David Meyler offered him a few kind words.

Newcastle's Rob Elliot celebrates at the end of the match

Rafael Benitez's side are top of the Championship and although Darlow definitely has increased competition, the number one shirt could, and should, be his until he makes some sort of error.

Elliot has missed a lot of football and although he was initially Benitez's first-choice stopper, his absence means that he will have to earn it all over again.

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