Martin Dubravka is set for a spell on the sidelines.

The club have confirmed that the goalkeeper is out for ‘at least’ the rest of the month. He picked up a knee injury in the win over Southampton, but was able to carry on.

However, after being assessed by medical staff, Dubravka has now been ruled out.

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That means that Karl Darlow will be Newcastle’s number one for the foreseeable future.

Darlow was the man who Dubravka replaced back in January 2018, arriving from Sparta Prague.

Since then, the former Nottingham Forest man has played second fiddle. However, he has played some minutes in the cups this season.

Darlow has played five times for the Magpies under Steve Bruce, including four of Newcastle’s five FA Cup games so far this season.

It’ll be five FA Cup games comes March 21st, with Newcastle set to face Manchester City in the quarter final.

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He’ll have to get used to Premier League football as well, with Bruce’s men facing Sheffield United on Saturday.

Darlow hasn’t looked massively convincing in the cups this season, which has led to some fans calling for someone else to replace Dubravka.

A lot of fans have asked for Freddie Woodman to take his place, although he’s currently on loan at Swansea City.

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Despite appeals from fans, we can’t recall him and make him Newcastle’s number one as our 25-man Premier League squad is full. The date to make changes has passed, while he’s over 21 now so can’t get in as a youngster.

 

While Dubravka is out, Newcastle will have to go with Darlow. And the fans must get behind him, starting on Saturday at home to the Blades.

Fans want impossible Woodman recall over Darlow

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