According to The Times, Martin Dubravka has suffered an injury setback.
The Slovakian goalkeeper – who Spotrac say earns £38,000-a-week – underwent surgery on his heel after damaging it while jogging in his homeland at the end of August, and the setback could rule him out until December.
The Times reveal that a club source has confirmed the setback, and that the former Sparta Prague glovesman’s recovery has gone slower than expected. There was disappointment when the 31-year-old’s moon boot was recently removed.
Impressively, the £4 million shot-stopper hadn’t missed a Premier League game for the Magpies until his recent heel issue, while Juventus were also said to interested in his services until he signed a six-year contract as St James’ Park, as The Times state.
This news will come as a big blow to Steve Bruce, who only has summer signing Mark Gillespie to deputise for Karl Darlow in Dubravka’s absence.
Newcastle hope their No.1 – who Alan Shearer once described as a ‘super buy’ to Sky Sports – won’t have to undergo another operation, but regardless, the recovery period is set to take between five to six weeks.
Darlow has impressed in Dubravka’s absence, even alerting the attention of Gareth Southgate, but Bruce would presumably like to have his first-choice back as soon as possible.