Rob Elliot realises he may have to be patient for Newcastle first team return

Newcastle United's Rob Elliot

Elliot has had a long spell on the sidelines, while Karl Darlow appears to have made the number one spot in goal his own.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot is aware that he will have to wait for his opportunity to make his first appearance for the first team after recovering from a cruciate ligament injury, the Chronicle reports.

Elliot featured for the under-23's in a 4-2 win over Aston Villa as he started to build some match fitness. However, with Rafa Benitez's side top of the Championship, Elliot is aware that it could be a little while before he is handed the gloves - especially with Karl Darlow impressing in goal.

Newcastle United's Rob ElliotNewcastle United's Rob Elliot

He is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “It’s just nice to be back, nice to play a game and nice to get it right in my own head. I’d like to crack on now and get back closer to the first team and just put the injury behind me. What’s nice is that we’ve got a team playing so well and Karl’s doing really well, so if I’m waiting my turn it’s because the team’s doing well."

It's a positive for Elliot that he has taken that step closer to first team action, but also a positive for Rafa Benitez and Newcastle that there is more genuine competition in goal - with both Darlow and summer signing Mats Sels. 

Newcastle United's Karl Darlow celebratesNewcastle United's Karl Darlow celebrates

Elliot himself also seems content with returning to a side where the spirits are high and everyone is geared towards taking the side back into the top flight.

Benitez has already swapped his keepers around with Darlow and Sels once this season, so there could be an opportunity for Elliot to get some game time under his belt either in the New Year, or if Benitez feels his number one at the time needs a rest for whatever reason. 

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