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Martin Dubravka set to miss start of season and could need surgery – Nightmare for Newcastle United

3 days ago
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Martin Dubravka has been one of those players having an extended break before meeting up for pre-season with the rest of the Newcastle United squad.

The Euro 2020 finals having very mixed fortunes for the Newcastle keeper, everything from a stunning penalty save to a comical own goal.

Players involved in international football this summer, offered around three weeks holiday by NUFC after their finals had ended.

With Martin Dubrakva due back any time now, Newcastle fans have had nightmare news on Wednesday.

Sky Sports reporting that due to a foot injury, Newcastle’s number one looks set to miss not just a big chunk of pre-season, but also the start of the season.

The Chronicle saying that the injury is serious enough that it could need surgery.

This all feels a bit deja vu, as last summer Martin Dubravka picked up a freak foot injury when on a run, whilst training alone in Slovakia just before due to arrive back on Tyneside to begin pre-season. That injury was to the heel and no indication yet whether it is that same injury that has been aggravated, or a different type of injury or different area.

Dubravka’s injury last year saw him ruled out of the start of the season and the first 14 Premier League matches. However, we then had the bizarre sight of Steve Bruce refusing to put the number one keeper back in goal, despite Karl Darlow’s early form clearly tailing off. Another 11 PL matches Martin Dubravka was left on the bench by Bruce, before finally the Head Coach accepted the reality, the Slovakian getting back in for the final 13 PL matches.

The stats last season clearly showed who is the better keeper:

Karl Darlow:

Played 25 Won 7 Drawn 4 Lost 14 (25 points picked up and 43 goals conceded)

Martin Dubravka:

Played 13 Won 5 Drawn 5 Lost 3 (20 points picked up and 19 goals conceded)

With Darlow in goal, Newcastle picked up an average of 1.00 points per game and averaged 1.72 goals conceded.

With Dubravka in goal, Newcastle picked up an average of 1.54 points per game and averaged 1.46 goals conceded.

With not a single signing made so far and United missing Joe Willock from the team that ended last season, the last thing Newcastle fans need to see is any of the small group of better quality players that NUFC do have, ruled out through injury.

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