Newcastle United may be forced to dip into making an emergency loan signing after goalkeeper Rob Elliot was injured in the draw with Stoke.
Elliot, who suffers with a long-standing thigh problem, had to pass a pre-match fitness test to start in the stalemate at St James’ Park, but was clearly struggling in the second half.
The 29-year-old was limping around his penalty area and visibly winced whenever he was forced to clear the ball.
Asked whether Elliot would miss next Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth, manager Steve McClaren replied: “There’s a good chance because it’s a recurrence of the one that he had long-term, so we don’t hold out much hope. He just got through that.
“He winced at the end, could have come off, but wanted to stay on – so he’s a major doubt, probably, for next week. We are just going to assess it now.”
McClaren will now have a major headache with Elliot a doubt for the trip to Bournemouth next Saturday – first-choice number one Tim Krul has already been ruled out for the season, while Karl Darlow is still two-weeks away from a return.
That leaves the Magpies boss with only Freddie Woodman – who had to be recalled from a loan spell at Crawley Town following Krul’s injury – as the only available professional goalkeeper.
Speaking about whether the club would now look to sign another option on an emergency loan deal, McClaren said: “We are certainly looking at the situation and seeing what we can do because that’s three of our senior goalkeepers injured.”
“We didn’t think [Elliot would play] and he didn’t feel right this morning, but he insisted on having a fitness test. We allowed that and he came through and said, ‘Play me’.”
The Republic of Ireland international was not the only casualty from the clash with the Potters.
Dutch right-back Daryl Janmaat is also a doubt for the trip to Bournemouth after having to be replaced following a heavy tackle from Marko Arnautovic in the closing stages.