Karl Darlow was gearing up for a spell as Newcastle United’s first choice goalkeeper.
It had been confirmed that Martin Dubravka was set for a spell on the sidelines, having picked up a knee injury against Southampton.
With the Slovakian set to be out for at least the rest of April, Darlow was going to be Newcastle’s main man in between the sticks for the first time in more than two years.
But with the Premier League postponed until April 4th at the earliest, Darlow’s time as Magpies stopper has been reduced.
While health is the most important thing, deep down the goalkeeper will surely be a bit disappointed about recent events.
Since Dubravka arrived in January 2018, Darlow hasn’t had a look in. He’s had to settle for appearances in the cup, but that’s it.
Finally he had a chance to remind everyone of his talents, but his time as Newcastle’s number one looks like it will be cut short.
By the time football in England resumes, Dubravka should be closer to a return. And he’s been so impressive this season, he’ll walk straight back into the starting XI when he’s fit.
It now looks like Darlow will have even less time to prove himself to Newcastle fans. But all it takes is one game…maybe the FA Cup quarter final perhaps?