By Russell Edge

1st Feb, 2018 | 6:06pm

Confirmed: Newcastle handed first team boost as star reveals worrying injury concern

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has confirmed he is back in training but is having to take pain killing injections to be available for action.
The 31-year-old revealed the first team boost via his personal Twitter account, although the fact he is requiring the injections will come as a worrying long term injury concern for both the player and the club.

The Magpies shot stopper, who was firmly Rafael Benitez’s first choice between the sticks before his layoff, has been ruled out since just after Christmas, and has missed the club’s last seven matches, although he managed to feature on the bench for two of those.
The four time capped Republic of Ireland international has 16 appearances to his name this season, having battled it out with Karl Darlow for a starting role, although he now has more competition in the shape of Martin Dubravka, who signed on a season long loan in a deadline day deal.
Elliot is the second longest serving player at St James’ Park, behind youth graduate Paul Dummett, and has turned out a total of 68 times for the club since joining from Charlton Athletic back in 2011, with a major injury blow picked up on international duty ruling him out for nine months back in 2016.
In other Newcastle United news, an international has revealed the surprise details of a late swoop by the Magpies.

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