Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has not travelled with the Republic of Ireland squad to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first leg of their crucial Euro 2016 play-off match.
Elliot – who recovered from an aggravated thigh strain to put in a man-of-the-match performance against Bournemouth – had been included in a provisional 30-man squad for the play-off double header.
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has since confirmed Elliot will not fly out with the rest of the squad after being assessed by medical staff. As yet there is no indication as to whether Elliot will be available for the home leg in Dublin on Monday.
When questioned about whether Elliot would travel to the squad, O’Neill answered: “In essence, we will be travelling without him to Bosnia.”
With first team goalkeepers Tim Krul and Karl Darlow out injured, the news of Elliot’s absence from the away leg will be welcomed by Newcastle manager Steve McClaren. The former England boss had said he hoped Elliot would not go on international duty in order to be fit for their crucial home match against Leicester next Sunday.