Ireland's Rob Elliot: "When I found out it was my cruciate ligament, that's when the tears came"

Newcastle goalkeeper will now miss Euro 2016

Irish international Rob Elliot says that he is already focused on his recovery after learning that he will miss Euro 2016.

Newcastle have confirmed that the goalkeeper is facing several months out of action as a result of the anterior cruciate ligament injury that he suffered during Monday's friendly international against Slovakia.

Elliot has admitted that he broke down when he realised that he would miss this summer's tournament in France and that he would also be forced to watch as Newcastle battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

"The warm wishes I have seen from fans, players and people involved in the game mean the world to me and it's nice to know that there are so many good people wishing me well at such a dark time," he said in a statement.

"Sustaining the injury happened in a split second. The ball was played across the goal and I moved across to get in line. I dived after the ball as I would do in any training session or any game, but I felt pain straight away. Watching it back, I grabbed my knee before I'd even landed.

"When I found out it was my cruciate ligament, that's when the tears came. There was a wave of emotion knowing I'd miss the rest of the season with Newcastle and the Euros with Ireland. But you have to let that come, get past it and then look to be positive."