Steve Bruce has been chatting to the media ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Wolves on Sunday, and Karl Darlow’s injury was a topic of discussion.
As quoted by the club’s official Twitter account, the Magpies boss said: ‘He’s waited patiently for his chance and he’s done very well. We hope he can make it but we’ve brought Mark Gillespie and he’s done well in the cup competitions. We have to see what the next 48 hours bring. Mark is ready if he has to make his PL debut.’
Darlow took a clattering from Marcus Rashford in our 4-1 defeat to Manchester United last time out, which has resulted in the former Nottingham Forest man being a doubt for our trip to Molineux.
However, it could be a special moment for Mark Gillespie, who perhaps never even imagined he’d get a single minute in the Premier League after he signed a three-year contract as Bruce’s third-choice glovesman in the summer.
Injuries to Martin Dubravka and Darlow could, however, make that dream a reality against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.
It will be a tough task for Gillespie if he does get named in between the sticks. Wolves possess plenty of firepower in Raul Jimenez, Adama Traore and Daniel Podence, so the ex-Motherwell keeper will need to bring his A-game.
If he does play, at least he will have had some prior experience in a Newcastle shirt.
Bruce has already handed the 28-year-old three appearances in the Carabao Cup, where he has conceded only one goal which came in the penalty shootout win over Newport County.
Wolves will be a vastly different challenge, however, so it will be interesting to see how he fares if Darlow is out.