Newcastle United ace Martin Dubravka has confirmed to Sport.SK (via The Chronicle) that he will be facing at least “six to eight weeks” out after injuring his ankle, with a scan revealing “damage to the ligaments” in what is a big blow to both Steve Bruce and the Tyneside club.
The Slovakian international was voted as the Magpies’ player of the year after a relatively impressive 2019/20 term that saw him rack up 11 clean sheets in 39 games in all competitions, including playing in every single minute of the Premier League season, according to Transfermarkt.
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It now means that the Toon will now have to rely on Karl Darlow and Mark Gillespie as the only goalkeeper options available to Bruce, with the latter a new signing from Scottish team Motherwell (per the website) who will surely need time to settle in and adapt to life in the North East.
Whether this means that the English coach will now go in and try to get another player between the sticks as cover is another question, but the injury to his number one in Dubravka has certainly not helped his plans going into the next campaign.
The 31-year old very much established himself as the first choice for Bruce between the posts by playing in every minute of the England’s highest division in the last term, and by winning the player of the year award, the ‘keeper cemented himself as a very important part of the team.
However, it looks as if Dubravka is going to be missing at least the first month of the season in what is a big blow to NUFC.
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