Newcastle’s Head of Goalkeeping, Simon Smith, has provided an update on Martin Dubravka’s injury on his official Twitter account.
The senior staff member wrote: ‘Martin’s injury is taking slightly longer than expected but anyone who has suffered from ‘plantar fasciitis’ knows, it takes time….he is working hard in the gym to maintain fitness and I am looking forward to having him back on the grass asap!’
The Slovakian glovesman – who Newcastle signed from Sparta Prague for £4.3 million – has not played a single second of football this season due to his injury, which Smith diagnoses as ‘plantar fasciitis’.
The Times revealed earlier this month that Dubravka had suffered a setback in his rehabilitation and could be out until December. Smith pretty much confirms this bad news in his tweet, saying that it’ll take time for the 31-year-old to fully recover.
In his absence, Karl Darlow has been superb. The former Nottingham Forest shot-stopper has notably impressed in the Premier League meetings with Tottenham and Manchester United.
He saved a penalty from Bruno Fernandes in the latter outing, becoming the first glovesman to do so since the Portugal star moved to England according to The Chronicle.
Darlow’s excellent display against Tottenham also allowed Steve Bruce’s side to nick a late point, and Gareth Southgate was reportedly alerted to our goalkeeper’s display in north London that day.
Despite Darlow’s heroics, the sooner Dubravka is back, the better. If something were to happen to our current man in between the sticks, we’d only have Mark Gillespie to call upon, who was signed to be third choice shot-stopper.
Let’s just hope the injury-stricken keeper doesn’t suffer any more setbacks.