Date: 12th December 2016 at 11:23pm
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By Dominic Toner

Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot revealed his delight on Twitter after making his return from injury for the Under-23s on Monday night.

The 30-year-old played in a 4-2 victory against Aston Villa in the Premier League 2 clash and it was a special occasion for Elliot.

The goalkeeper has been out of action since March after suffering an ankle cruciate ligament injury while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

He will hope to return to full fitness in the coming weeks and challenge the club’s options Karl Darlow and Matz Sels for the number one position.

Elliot expressed his excitement to return to action for Newcastle and could be in line to play for the Under-23s against Stoke on Friday.

“Great to make my come back from injury tonight. Great performance from the u23s. Fantastic to be out on St James again. On to the next,” Elliot wrote on his personal Twitter account.

Newcastle are currently flying at the top of the Championship and first-choice goalkeeper Darlow looks unlikely to be dislodged in the near future, with seven clean sheets seven clean sheets in 13 appearances.

Elliot was Newcastle’s number one option last season until his injury and could not help the club avoid relegation rom the Premier League.

He has four international caps for Ireland and will hope to return to best form, which could give manager Rafael Benitez a real selection headache.

The Magpies are hopeful of sealing an automatic return to the Premier League this season and face relegation-threatened Wigan on Wednesday in the Championship.

In other Newcastle news, their player was named in the EFL team of the week after the win against Birmingham.