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Newcastle hero Rob Elliot in Ireland squad – but must see specialist first

Rob Elliot
Rob Elliot

Man of the moment Rob Elliot has been named in the Republic of Ireland’s reduced squad for their upcoming Euro 2016 play-off with Bosnia – providing he gets the OK from the Newcastle medical staff.

Elliot, who was man of the match against Bournemouth on Saturday, was initially selected in Ireland’s 39-man provisional squad.

Boss Martin O’Neill has now reduced that to 30 names, with Elliot included.

However, he is part of a group of players who will be assessed by their clubs before reporting, with Elliot still struggling with a thigh injury.

The Newcastle goalkeeper was a major fitness doubt for the Bournemouth game, and will see a specialist this week who will decide whether he can join up with the Irish squad.