Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Rob Elliot will miss Euro 2016 after Newcastle confirmed he will be out "for a number of months" due to an anterior cruciate ligament sustained against Slovakia.
The 29-year-old was carried from the field on a stretcher after twisting his knee as he attempted to make a save just 14 minutes into Ireland's 2-2 friendly draw with the Slovaks at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Elliot was taken to Dublin's Mater Hospital for a scan while the game was ongoing, but later returned to the team hotel in Castleknock.
He jetted back to Newcastle, accompanied by Ireland team-mate and Sunderland skipper John O'Shea, wearing a knee brace and walking with the aid of crutches on Wednesday morning before undergoing a second scan once back in the care of his club.
Elliot has vowed to come back stronger following the disappointing setback.
“Thank you to everyone for their kind messages.will come back stronger! feel so lucky to have so much support behind me. Love to everyone,” he posted on his Twitter account.
The Magpies face fellow relegation candidates Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday with first-choice keeper Tim Krul already out for the season and Karl Darlow and teenager Freddie Woodman waiting in the wings.
“Massive thank you's to everyone at @FAIreland and @NUFC for looking after me so brilliantly last 24 hours.”
Both club and international team-mates have rallied behind the unfortunate Elliot.
Krul, who Elliot replaced at St James' Park, admitted it was a "bad time For goalies lately", while other members of the first-team squad lent their support.
Ireland midfielder David Meyler, an unused substitute against Slovakia, and full-back Cyrus Christie also wished Elliot a speedy recovery.
Speedy recovery @the_dilsh thinking of you bud!— David Meyler (@DavidMeyler7) March 29, 2016
Speedy recovery mate keep your head up you'll be back stronger @the_dilsh— Cyrus Christie (@cyruschristie) March 29, 2016