Karl Darlow has now been able to be released from hospital
On 17 July 2021, a Newcastle United Official Statement (see below) revealed that Karl Darlow had tested positive for covid.
The NUFC goalkeeper having to self isolate.
In total, there were three players out of action, as Mark Gillespie and Freddie Woodman had been identified as close contacts and also required to self-isolate for ten days despite receiving negative test results.
On Friday after the 3-2 win at Doncaster, Steve Bruce mentioned that Karl Darlow had been suffering with the virus, rather than asyptomatic.
Now on Monday, Sky Sports have revealed that Karl Darlow has been in hospital.
They say that the NUFC keeper was hospitalised after becoming increasingly dehydrated.
The good news is that Karl Darlow has now been allowed to leave hospital.
Speaking to Sky, Karl Darlow said:
“The last week has been pretty awful but I’m slowly improving.
“This shows we still need to be very careful.”
Best wishes to Karl Darlow on making a full recovery and as he says, nobody should be complacent about the threat the virus continues to pose.
On the football side of things, clearly Darlow isn’t going to be returning to action in the very near future.
Both Freddie Woodman and Mark Gillespie are now available after completing their self isolation and in the absence of Darlow and the injured Dubravka, will be the two keepers on duty at Rotherham on Tuesday night.
Only two more friendlies then follow (Burton away on Friday 29 July and Norwich home on Saturday 7 August), with it now looking all but certain that for the opening Premier League match against West Ham in 20 days time, it will be either Mark Gillespie or Freddie Woodman who starts.
Newcastle United Official Statement – Saturday 17 July 2021:
Newcastle United can confirm that goalkeeper Karl Darlow has received a positive Covid-19 test result during routine testing at the club’s pre-season training camp near York.
In line with coronavirus protocols, Darlow is required to self-isolate for ten days. All other players and staff within the first team group have returned further negative test results following additional testing.
Two players – goalkeepers Mark Gillespie and Freddie Woodman – have been identified as close contacts and are also required to self-isolate for ten days despite receiving negative test results.
As a result, Newcastle United will now send a first team squad to York City on Sunday, while an Under-23s squad will travel to Harrogate Town to minimise mixing between the groups.
Everyone at Newcastle United wishes Karl a speedy recovery.
Newcastle United head coach, Steve Bruce, said: “Unfortunately, Karl Darlow has tested positive for Covid-19 and it has affected the goalkeepers, with Mark Gillespie and Freddie Woodman coming into relatively close contact and needing to self-isolate.
“Thankfully, everyone else has been tested again and all those test results were negative.
“Because there has been a positive case, a first team group will travel to York on Sunday and the match at Harrogate will now be made up of under 23s players.
“I have spoken to Simon Weaver, who was very understanding, and I would like to apologise to any Harrogate supporters who have bought tickets thinking first team players were coming.
“Ultimately, we have to follow the advice from medical professionals and take proactive steps to protect players and we simply can’t mix up the dressing rooms, which was our initial plan.”
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