Newcastle United release official statement on Martin Dubravka injury

Newcastle United have released an official statement in the last few moments, confirming Martin Dubravka will miss the start of the new 2020/21 Premier League season.

While an ‘ankle injury’ was first reported by Slovakia coach Pavel Hapal – who hinted this morning that he’d be missing for 6-8 weeks after withdrawing from the international squad – the club report he’s suffered a heel injury.

Here’s the club’s statement from NUFC.co.uk, which states the stopper will be on the sidelines for ‘several weeks’:

Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka will miss the start of the 2020/21 Premier League season after suffering a heel injury.

The 31-year-old is likely to be sidelined for several weeks, meaning he will also miss Slovakia’s UEFA Nations League fixtures against Czech Republic and Israel next month. ​

Dúbravka has not missed a Premier League game since making his debut in a 1-0 win against Manchester United in February 2018 and won the club’s Player of the Season award for 2019/20.

The club are yet to share any official update on the extent of Dwight Gayle – who’s undergone scans done after hyper-extending his knee on Tuesday – however Sky Sports’ Keith Downie reported this morning that the striker’s expected to be out for at least a month.

If a takeover collapse and lack of signings wasn’t enough already, these new injury blows really do leave us in a real state of despair ahead of the big kick off in just 16 days time.

Let’s hope both make a full and fast recovery and a few much needed arrivals cane lift the mood over the next fortnight.

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