It was awful news for Newcastle United fans when it was confirmed last week that Martin Dubravka would miss a big chunk of our run in with a knee injury.
One player who looked set to benefit hugely from our loss was Karl Darlow, however.
Aside from the odd cup appearance, the 29-year-old hasn’t played a minute of football this season, with Dubravka’s form meaning his last Premier League start was over TWO years ago!
That looked set to change ahead of last weekend’s visit of Sheffield Utd, with him also expected to play in our FA Cup quarter final vs Manchester City after the Slovakian was ruled out for ‘at least ‘ six games, however the Premier League’s decision to suspend all games until April 4th has quickly ended his hopes of a rare string of starts.
The Chronicle have since revealed that he’s the one Newcastle United player who took last Friday’s news particularly badly, and I’m not surprised given it was his big chance to impress (which he needs to given his current deal is due to expire this summer!).
He’ll be understanding of the situation, with us all realising that health will always come before a game of football, yet it could well be that Dubravka’s fit by the time Premier League games finally resume (because I’d like to bet we’ll be waiting well beyond April 4th!).
On one hand it’s a small silver lining that we may not be without player of the season Martin Dubravka at all if and when the season resumes, but what a sickener it must’ve been for Karl Darlow.