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Friday 9 December 2016

Keeper Elliot expects full recovery

On the mend: Rob Elliot Photo: Sportsfile
On the mend: Rob Elliot Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland keeper Rob Elliot says he's on the road to recovery after knee surgery.

The season ended for the Newcastle United man when he hurt his knee while on Ireland duty, against Slovakia, last month, an injury which of course ruled him out of Euro 2016.

The Magpies, who take on Swansea City at home today in the latest episode in their relegation battle, have missed Ellliot but the 29-year-old is upbeat about his progress since he underwent surgery.

"It went really well. Unfortunately I wasn't very well after, which is just one of the side effects of the drugs. It's taken me a good week to get over it but I feel a lot better now," said Elliot.

"The swelling's coming off, I'm in every day now just trying to get the knee bending, get the swelling away and just get back on the road to recovery.

"It's just movement of the knee, flexibility, icing and tensing the muscles, because they switch off and waste away very quickly.

"I'm obviously in good hands here, with good equipment and good physios keeping the muscles switched on as much as possible so that I can get back on my feet and off the crutches as quick as possible," added Elliot, who has Tim Krul for company in his rehab.

"There's loads of players here that have done it,Tim's going through it at the same time, but speaking to the surgeon he said when you decide to retire, it won't be because of your knee, it'll be because you're too tired or you don't want to play anymore".

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