According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka will miss the start of the Premier League season due to injury.
The Slovakian reportedly has a foot problem, and won’t be fit until the end of August.
That means he will be unavailable for the season opener against West Ham on August 15th.
Injury disrupted last season for Dubravka as well, with the stopper not reclaiming his position in the team until January.
While it appears he won’t be out for as long this time, his injury is still a blow.
It’s also hindered Freddie Woodman, who was reportedly set to join Bournemouth on loan.
The youngster has now been forced to stay put, despite completing a medical to join the Cherries.
It’s disappointing for Woodman, who has also been linked with a permanent move to St James’ Park. Reports claim Leeds United made an offer to sign the 24-year-old.
Can Freddie Woodman seize his chance following Martin Dubravka injury?
While Dubravka’s injury has stopped Woodman leaving the club on loan, it might present him with an opportunity.
Woodman has the potential to be a future Newcastle number one – the timing just has to be right.
But if he performs well in pre-season, perhaps the time could be now.
Steve Bruce should take that chance and give Woodman the opportunity to earn the number one jersey ahead of the new Premier League season.
We know what Karl Darlow is capable of – he’s a solid back up to Dubravka.
But Woodman is most certainly the future. He needs to be playing football rather than sitting on the bench.
If he can’t go to Bournemouth, he should play a prominent role in our pre-season schedule.
And if he does impress, like he has for Swansea over the past two seasons, he could put himself in contention to start on the opening day against West Ham.