By Will Butcher
Rob Elliot has revealed the toughest point of being sidelined was failing to carry his son out at St. James’ Park as a mascot.
The Ireland international ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament while on national duty with Martin O’Neill’s side during a friendly against Slovakia, just two months before Ireland jetted off to France for Euro 2016.
However, Elliot told the Evening Chronicle that the lowest point of being injured was failing to grace the St. James’ Park turf with his son during his 30th birthday.
“The toughest part for me was the Crystal Palace game,” Elliot told the Evening Chronicle. “Not because of watching on when we won and played well.
“On that day it was my 30th birthday and I was supposed to take my son out with me, I was like: ‘I might never get the chance to do that again’.”
“But I got over it really quickly in mental terms. You have so many ups and downs as a footballer.”
The former Charlton shot stopper is still recovering from the injury after being ruled out for an indefinite period back in March.
Elliot’s injury struck during what many consider as his finest moment in between the sticks for Newcastle, as he made 22 league and cup appearances for the Toon during 2015/16 until picking up the knee problem.
The four-time Ireland international is hoping to return to action soon and fight for his place as the Magpies’ number one goalkeeper. He will have his work cut out though, with manager Rafa Benitez having an abundance of goalkeepers to choose from.
Former Nottingham Forest star Karl Darlow has recently replaced rangy Belgian man Matz Sels as number one, while Freddie Woodman is impressing for Peter Beardsley’s reserve side. Tim Krul is currently on loan with Ajax.
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