Martin Dubravka is facing a ‘race against time’ to be fit for Sunday’s crucial clash with Spurs, according to The Chronicle.
The goalkeeper has been forced to miss both of Slovakia’s World Cup qualifiers over the international break, with manager Stefan Tarkovic confirming on Monday that a stomach problem hadn’t improved enough to allow him to play in their 2-1 win over Russia last night.
The Chronicle state that sources in Slovakia say he is ‘hopeful’ of being well enough to play this weekend, however this is an early concern for Steve Bruce considering his illness has shown no sign of improving over the past week.
It’s said the club will monitor his situation and assess how he’s feeling when the players return from international duty over the coming days.
Although Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin are closing in on a return, it would be a real shame to lose Dubravak for this one – especially when we’ll definitely be without Isaac Hayden following his season ending knee injury in that dismal 3-0 defeat at Brighton last time out.
Let’s hope Dubravka makes a fast and full recovery and is in between the sticks when Spurs arrive at St James’ Park this Sunday!