NEWCASTLE United have been dealt a blow after the Premier League confirmed they are not eligible to bring in a goalkeeper on emergency loan.
Injuries to Tim Krul and Rob Elliot have left Alan Pardew facing a keeper crisis and the club had hoped to bring in an experienced stopper on a short-term loan deal.
But the Premier League have confirmed the club is not eligible because they have three fit goalkeepers on the books youngsters Jak Alnwick, Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow.
Despite Darlow being out on a season long loan at Nottingham Forest, he still counts as a registered fit keeper and only clubs with one fit keeper can bring in an emergency loan.
A Premier League spokesman said: “Newcastle United are not eligible to sign a goalkeeper on emergency loan as they have three fit goalkeepers on the books, Jak Alnwick, Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow.
“Only clubs with one fit goalkeeper are eligible.”
Darlow is currently out on loan at Nottingham Forest but the Premier League spokesman confirmed players out on domestic loan still count.
The crisis deepened after it was confirmed Number Two stopper Elliot’s thigh injury will keep him out until the New Year.
The goalkeeper suffered a thigh tear in Newcastle United’s 2-1 win over Premier League leaders Chelsea at St James’s Park on Saturday, to add to Krul who is also out injured.
On Saturday Pardew turned to 21-year-old Alnwick who came off the bench to make his debut.