Steve Bruce has now revealed an update on Martin Dubravka’s injury ahead of Newcastle United’s game at home to Leeds United in the Premier League.
The Lowdown: Setback
Speaking in his pre-game press conference ahead of the match against Burnley in the Carabao Cup second round back in August, Bruce had confirmed (via Sky Sports) that Dubravka had suffered a setback in his recovery from injury.
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The Slovakia international’s wounds had got ‘infected’, which set him back a ‘couple of weeks’.
The Latest: Update
Speaking ahead of the clash against Marcelo Bielsa’s team at St. James’ Park, Bruce has now revealed that Dubravka is ‘coming along nicely’, and added that the wound which was badly affected has ‘gone’.
Bruce says that the goalkeeper is ‘hoping to be back on the grass next week’, which is ‘good news’ for the North East club.
The Verdict: Big boost
It certainly is great news to hear that Dubravka should be back playing on Tyneside soon.
Third-choice ‘keeper Freddie Woodman has had to step in so far this season given that Karl Darlow has also not been available, and has conceded the most goals in the top flight (12) after four games (Premier League).
His performance in the 4-1 away loss to Manchester United in particular was criticised, and so the Magpies could now do with Dubravka’s experience in between the posts, even despite Darlow’s return.
Nonetheless, the Toon need to start picking up results, and fast, with their Slovakian shot-stopper sure to be crucial in that process.
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