Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is set to miss the start of the 2021/22 season.
The Slovakian stopper has a foot injury and has already undergone surgery.
Dubravka’s situation has had a knock-on effect on Freddie Woodman.
It remains to be seen if he will be kept to provide cover for the stricken Dubravka, or Steve Bruce will put his faith in either Mark Gillespie or youngster Dan Langley, as well as Karl Darlow of course.
Dubravka has given an interview with Sport.sk about his injury.
And the 32-year-old’s comments are not particularly encouraging.
He said (via Chronicle): “I would love to start the first match of the new season.
“However, this is highly unlikely. The doctor told me that it was individual and that each patient responded differently.
This will be the second time Dubravka has gone into a season injured at Newcastle.
Last year he had a metatarsal issue, and he says he’s been struggling with that for a while since returning.
“I have been feeling pain in my leg since last December.
“This was probably due to the fact that last year I had a torn tendon, so I loaded the foot differently than usual.”
Dubravka injury record slight concerning
Hopefully Dubravka’s latest setback won’t keep him out of action for too long.
But it’s a bit of a concern, as is the admission he’s been experiencing pain since December.
Newcastle need to keep a close eye on Dubravka’s fitness this season.
Given his age, any more issues might point towards the need to sell.