By Will Butcher
Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot has taken another step to recovering from his injury nightmare by returning to training on Tuesday.
The Ireland international has been stopped from participating in Newcastle training after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Serbia while on national duty in March.
However, Newcastle revealed on their official Twitter account that the former Charlton stopper has returned to first-team training after a long spell on the sidelines.
The goalkeeper’s return ahead of Saturday’s return against Brentford is a huge boost for Rafael Benitez’s side.
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.
English-born Elliot, who has had spells at Accrington Stanley, has four caps to his name with Martin O’Neill’s side.
Elliot will have his work cut out though if he wants to return to the Toon’s starting 11, with manager 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.
In other Newcastle news, fans have reacted on Twitter after this striker scored an impressive brace for his country.