Newcastle's Rob Elliot 'not even 80 per cent fit'

Rob Elliot
Rob Elliot

Newcastle United's Rob Elliot isn't event 80 per cent fit, according to Martin O'Neill.

The goalkeeper will not travel to Bosnia for the first leg of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 play-off on Friday because of a thigh injury.

Elliot, however, played for his club against Bournemouth at the weekend.

The 29-year-old was outstanding in United's 1-0 win at the Vitality Stadium.

And Rob Keane, Republic of Ireland manager O'Neill's assistant, yesterday had a swipe at club managers who declared players unfit for international in a Press conference.

However, O'Neill was more conciliatory in his media call today.

O'Neill said: "I understand Newcastle's position.

"From our viewpoint, I think they understand ours. We could call him and assess him ourselves if we so desire.

“But Rob himself ... I think that's the main person to ask about it all.

"And Rob himself, while feeling that he is not great, would obviously want to do something.

"But he doesn't feel as if he's 100 per cent fit, or possibly not even 80 per cent fit, so from that viewpoint, even though he did splendidly in the game, I think we are served well enough."

Elliot has this week been receiving treatment on Tyneside.