Elliot: I’ll battle through the pain barrier for Newcastle

Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot celebrates his recent clean sheet at Bournemouth
Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot celebrates his recent clean sheet at Bournemouth
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Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot says he’s prepared to play through the pain barrier for the team’s cause.

Elliot has been suffering with a thigh injury after stepping in to the No 1 jersey after Tim Krul was ruled out for the rest of the season.

The 29-year-old admits he is still in pain, but will continue to put his body on the line as the Magpies look to move out of the Premier League relegation zone.

After a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Liverpool, Newcastle travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday with Elliot again hoping to get the nod ahead of fit-again Karl Darlow.

Elliot said: “It (the injury) is one of those things that’s going to be bad, it’s going to be good, it’s going to be inbetween.

“It was a bit inbetween second-half (against Liverpool), I felt it a little bit – mainly I think because at Crystal Palace I had to kick so many balls so I was a bit tired from that!

“But you just have to keep going and the medical staff have been absolutely amazing with us.

“Hopefully I get the nod against Spurs and I just keep playing as much as I can.

“I will always put myself on the pitch as long as the manager thinks I can do enough and against Liverpool the lads were fantastic in front of me. It was probably the least I have had to do in a Newcastle shirt, which is testament to how well the lads in front did.”

Krul suffered a cruciate knee injury on international duty with Holland.