Newcastle’s Rob Elliot winning fitness battle ahead of West Brom clash

ROB Elliot’s set to shrug off an ankle problem and line up against West Bromwich Albion.

The goalkeeper suffered the injury after coming off the bench in Sunday’s defeat to Sunderland.

Elliot replaced the injured Tim Krul, who dislocated his shoulder in the Tyne-Wear derby and won’t play again this season.

And Steve Harper had been put on standby for Saturday’s crucial Premier League game at The Hawthorns.

However, Elliot was back in training this week, and the 26-year-old is expected to line up against West Brom.

Long-serving Harper – who will leave St James’s Park when his contract expires at the end of the season – is likely to be on the bench.

The 38-year-old has made 197 appearances for the club.

Meanwhile, Newcastle’s reserve side will take on Richard Money’s Cambridge United in a friendly at the Abbey Stadium on Tuesday (7.30pm kick-off).

The match has been arranged as part of the club’s centenary celebrations.

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