Martin Dubravka message from hospital bed for Newcastle United fans after surgery – Photo
After kicking off with 88 consecutive Newcastle United Premier League games, that run was halted for Martin Dubravka at the start of the 2020/21 season.
A heel injury and surgery meant Newcastle’s number one was ruled out of the opening 14 Premier League games last season.
Martin Dubravka then kept on the bench for another 11 PL matches, before Steve Bruce eventually realised how little sense this meant as Karl Darlow’s form had tailed off from early season highs.
Dubravka straight back to his usual high standards and Newcastle losing only three of those final 13 PL matches to close last season.
Very bad luck now sees Martin Dubravka set to miss the start of the 2021/22 season after another freak foot injury picked up ahead of his return to Tyneside this summer.
Absolutely no mention at all from Newcastle United but widespread media reports giving us the news, with The Mail going into most detail, stating that they understand it could be a broken metatarsal.
Still nothing from the club but now Martin Dubravka has given his own Instagram update, from his hospital bed!
The Newcastle keeper pictured in his hospital bed after surgery and a message for Newcastle United fans: ‘Hope to be back soon.’
Terrible bad luck a second summer in a row and all the best to Martin Dubravka on his recovery.
Then to make matters worse for Newcastle United, Saturday brought news from the club (see below) that another three goalkeepers are now ruled out for the time being.
Karl Darlow has tested positive for covid and must self-isolate for 10 days.
Whilst having been in close contact with Darlow, Mark Gillespie and Freddie Woodman must also do the same for 10 days.
Both Sunday friendlies against York and Harrogate will see junior goalkeepers having to fill in.
Whilst it will be the same on Friday at Doncaster.
The Rotherham away friendly on Tuesday 27 July is exactly ten days away, so that also has to be in severe doubt in terms of any senior goalkeepers able to take part.
Which then only leaves (see below) Burton away and Norwich at home for senior goalkeepers, other than Martin Dubravka, to be able to get some pitch time for sure, unless anything else changes.
Newcastle United pre-season friendlies:
Sunday 18 July – York City away (2pm)
Sunday 18 July Harrogate Town away(2pm)
Friday 23 July – Doncaster Rovers away (7pm)
Tuesday 27 July – Rotherham United away (7pm)
Friday 30 July – Burton Albion away (7.45pm)
Saturday 7 August – Norwich home (2pm)
Newcastle United Official Statement:
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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