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Injury woes for O'Neill as Rob Elliot suffers potential Euro 2016 blow

The Newcastle goalkeeper has suffered a knee injury during the first half of tonight’s friendly against Slovakia.

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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND goalkeeper Rob Elliot could be a major doubt for this summer’s European Championship after he was forced off during the first half of tonight’s friendly against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium.

The Newcastle shot-stopper picked up a knee injury after fourteen minutes as he dived to try and prevent Miroslav Stoch from putting the guests in front.

The 29-year-old instantly grabbed his knee and writhed on the ground in agony, punching the turf in distress.

He was replaced by Darren Randolph but Elliot will now be a concern for Euro 2016 as well as the remainder of Newcastle’s Premier League campaign.

It’s a cruel blow for the Greenwich-born goalkeeper as many thought this was his perfect opportunity to stake a claim for the number one shirt.

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