Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot has suffered a ‘serious knee injury’ that could rule him out of Euro 2016 and the relegation run-in.
The 29-year-old goalkeeper was hurt as he tried to keep out Miroslav Stoch’s opener in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 draw with Slovakia on Tuesday evening, and now both club and country will anxiously await news of the extent of the problem.
However, Republic boss Martin O’Neill was downcast as he revealed the early signs were not promising, with the indications that Elliot has suffered ligament damage.
He said: “He’s not great. He’s got a serious knee injury. It’s a real disappointment and obviously a dampener on the evening, particularly when he is getting his career together.
“He was going really well at Newcastle and looking forward to the game and coming here into the squad with a lot of confidence.
“I have just spoken to the doctor and he’s not happy.”
Asked if Elliot’s season could be over, O’Neill added: “It might be too early for me to be making those assumptions. I was asking the doctor before I came out.
“I hope to see Rob – I think he’s coming back to the hotel later on – but I don’t think it’s good.”
Newcastle later said on their official Twitter feed that the extent of the injury would be assessed on Wednesday.
It read: “Rob will be assessed by the club’s medical team tomorrow and we will provide supporters with a further update in due course.”