Rob Elliot injury update: Boss speaks out as Newcastle issue official news

The 39-year-old is currently working his way back from his own knee injury and spoke to O’Neill about his progress before the game, at which he was working at a TV pundit.

The manager said: “Shay came into the dressing room – I think he was doing some work for TV today.

“Obviously the injury to their goalkeeper at Stoke has maybe hastened things on a little bit for him.

“He was down to play, I think, two games in relatively quick succession, but those plans might change now with Butland being injured.”

Asked on Setanta about his fitness, Given said: “I feel I could play at the weekend. It has given me a lift. I had a buzz in training today. I had reserve games pencilled in for next week.

“I just spoke to Martin and the players down there to catch up. He asked me how I was – he is hoping I get into Stoke team to make the decision more difficult for him.”

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