Martin Dubravka has now spoken out about a heel injury that will see him miss the start of the new Premier League season – and his comments aren’t particularly positive.
The 31-year-old admits that he’ll be out for a “minimum” of 6-8 weeks, stating that the treatment “takes a long time”.
Worryingly, he also reveals that two teammates of his have had this exact injury before and were sidelined for FOUR months – although he is hoping he won’t be missing for quite as long (let’s hope not!).
After confirming a “small operation” recently, here’s what he’s had to say on the severity of his latest injury ahead of the new season:
“I injured my ankle, felt a sting. I immediately informed the NUFC coaches.
“But after arriving in England, I still trained, despite the pain, but after three days I had to stop.
“I believe that despite the fact that I was still training after the injury, we caught it all early enough.”
“A scan revealed damage to the ligaments, and I’ve already had a small operation.”
“It is a specific injury for which it is difficult to estimate anything.
“It is certain that the treatment takes a long time.
“I had two teammates who were four months out…
“I believe it will not be my case.
“I’ll know more after 2 to 3 weeks when I put the brace away.”
So, it seems he was stupidly allowed to train “in pain” at our York training base for three days – even after informing the club that he was struggling. Perhaps a damning sign when it comes to our management of potential injuries?!
The Slovakian also had this to say in response to his international coach Pavel Hapal saying he’ll be back for their second set of fixtures starting on October 8th:
“I’m glad he’s an optimist.
“I hope he is right.
Sadly, it sounds like there’s more chance of him being out for longer than two months if anything.
With Gayle set to be missing for until December and it not looking good for Dubravka, we best hope signings arrive and Karl Darlow steps up over the first month or two of 2020/21!