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.