According to The Times’ Martin Hardy, Martin Dubravka has suffered a setback in his recovery from a heel operation.
As a result, the Slovakian stopper is expected to be out until December – despite his recent comments suggesting he was initially targeting a return at some stage this month.
Here’s a snippet from The Times, which highlights that the removal of his protective moon boot showed that his foot hadn’t recovered quite as quickly as the club expected:
Martin Dubravka, the Newcastle United goalkeeper, has suffered a setback in his recovery from an operation on his heel that may delay his return until December.
Dubravka, who made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League last season, underwent surgery after damaging his heel when jogging in his native Slovakia at the end of August.
He had hoped to return within six weeks but that date has now passed and it is understood that there was disappointment when the moon boot used to protect his foot was removed.
Disappointing news for our no.1 and player of the year for 2020/21, however Karl Darlow’s recent form at least leaves in capable hands.
He has been superb so far this season, keeping a clean sheet on the opening day, putting in a man of the match display at Spurs and making more saves than any other Premier League goalkeeper so far this season.
Hopefully Dubravka’s heel makes a fully recovery and our stand-in stopper can continue to do a sterling job in his absence!