Rob Elliot out of Euro 2016 with season-ending knee injury

Elliot after sustaining the knee injury on Monday night at the Aviva
Elliot after sustaining the knee injury on Monday night at the Aviva

Newcastle United have announced that goalkeeper Rob Elliot will be out "for a number of months" after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament while playing for the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night.

Goalkeeper Rob Elliot is out of both Newcastle's relegation fight and the Euro 2016 finals after being told he faces "a number of months" on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury.

The 29-year-old's worst fears were confirmed on Wednesday less than 24 hours after he damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in the act of making a save in the Republic of Ireland's 2-2 friendly draw with Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium.

An initial scan carried out in Dublin suggested the extent of the injury, but further tests back on Tyneside held no better news for Elliot.

A Newcastle statement said: "Newcastle United can confirm that goalkeeper Rob Elliot has sustained an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament, suffered during the Republic of Ireland's friendly fixture against Slovakia last night.

"Rob has returned to Newcastle and has been assessed this morning by the club's doctor. He will now commence a programme of treatment and rehabilitation.

"Regrettably, the severity of this injury will rule Rob out for a number of months. Everyone connected with Newcastle United wishes Rob the very best for his recovery."

The injured stopper tweeted soon after the news of his season and Euro 2016-ending injury: