Newcastle facing goalkeeper crisis with Rob Elliot injured

Rob Elliot
Rob Elliot

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has joined Tim Krul and Karl Darlow on the sidelines.

The goalkeeper aggravated a thigh problem in this afternoon's goalless draw against Stoke City at St James's Park.

It is a recurrence of the injury that saw Elliot miss the second half of last season.

No 1 Krul is out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury, while Darlow is "one or two" weeks away from returning from an ankle problem, according to head coach Steve McClaren.

And 18-year-old Freddie Woodman is on standby to make his Premier League debut against Bournemouth next Saturday.

"There is a good chance (of Elliot missing Bournemouth) because it is a recurrence of the one that he has had long-term, so we don’t hold out much hope," said head coach Steve McClaren.

"He just got through that. He winced at the end, could have come off, but he wanted to stay on, so he is a major doubt probably for next week. We are just going to assess it now.”

United could ask the Premier League for special dispensation to sign another goalkeeper on loan.

McClaren added: "We are certainly looking at the situation and seeing what we can do because that’s three of our senior goalkeepers injured.”

Meanwhile, Daryl Janmaat was forced off late in the game, and the defender will be assessed ahead of the Bournemouth game.