ALAN Pardew has taken THREE goalkeepers to Burnley – as Rob Elliot’s wife is expecting a baby.
Elliot is set for an extended run in Pardew’s Newcastle United side will No1 Tim Krul sidelined until January with an ankle problem.
Krul – who could miss as many as 11 games – suffered the problem in training on the eve of the weekend’s Premier League visit to West Ham United.
Elliot was in goal for the game at Upton Park, which Newcastle lost 1-0, and is set to line up against Burnley tonight.
However, Pardew is mindful of the face that Elliot’s wife is expecting, and he has taken 17-year-old Freddie Woodman to Lancashire as well as Jak Alnwick as a precaution in case the Republic of Ireland international has to return to Tyneside.
“He’s been sitting in the background for along while, and he’s come in at times and I’ve played him in cup games, and he’s done terrific for us,” said Pardew.
“I really felt he needed the game on Saturday, and I thought he looked a bit rusty really.
“It’ll do him the world of good for Burnley.
“Robbie is more than capable of deputising, he’s an Irish international. We wish him well.”
While Pardew has faith in Elliot – who he also worked with at Charlton Athletic during his time at The Valley – he has conceded that Krul’s long absence will be a “big blow” to his team.
“I think he’ll be back mid-January, or the start of January if we’re lucky,” said Pardew.
“It’s a big blow for us.”
Meanwhile, newly-promoted Burnley’s form has picked up in recent weeks.
Sean Dyce’s second-from-bottom team have won two and drawn one of their last three league games.
“They’re a side that play quite narrow,” said Pardew.
“They don’t give you much room in which to operate, and with the spearhead of the team I think they offer a threat.
“I’m not going to name individuals because I don’t want to give anyone a boost, really, and I don’t need to give (striker Danny) Ings a boost, because he’s had a boost already.
“In terms of the way they play, the width is offered by the full backs and (Kieran) Trippier is a good player for them.
“We’ll have to make sure his deliveries don’t hurt us.”
The game will be Newcastle’s first at Turf Moor in 31 years.