Rob Elliot Injury: Updates on Newcastle Goalkeeper's Knee and Return

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured Columnist

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Rob Elliott of Newcastle reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park on December 26, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot's season is reportedly over, as the 29-year-old has suffered a knee injury that could sideline him for more than six months.

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Elliot Ruptures Knee Ligaments During International Duty

Wednesday, March 30

Newcastle confirmed Elliot injured his ACL and will be out "for a number of months" after being assessed by the club doctor.

Earlier, ESPN FC's Ben Dinnery reported the goalkeeper has "ruptured knee ligaments."

Elliot's Injury a Crushing Blow to Relegation-Threatened Newcastle

Per, Elliot has started 21 Premier League matches in goal this season and ranks among the team's top performers.

The Republic of Ireland international started the season as Newcastle's third-choice goalkeeper behind Tim Krul and Karl Darlow, but injuries to the players ahead of him forced Elliot into a start against Norwich City in October, per

He conceded twice but Newcastle emerged victorious, and Elliot kept his spot in the starting XI. That lasted until Tuesday, when he went down with an injury in the Republic of Ireland's 2-2 draw against Slovakia.

Per Lee Ryder of Chronicle Live, Republic manager Martin O'Neill feared the worst, describing the injury as "really serious."

According to Ryder, Darlow should be fit to play for the Magpies when they travel to Norwich on Saturday, but after starting the season as Newcastle's No. 2 option in goal, Elliot's strong play pushed him down the pecking order. He and Fred Woodman are the only options left to manager Rafa Benitez, and neither is the kind of stopper that inspires confidence.

Newcastle have eight matches left to save their Premier League season and sit in 19th place in the standings, three points behind the Canaries.