Fresh concern for Eddie Howe as another NUFC star is forced to leave international camp

Earlier this week, reports in Switzerland revealed that Fabian Schar had left their training camp and returned to Tyneside after struggling with an adductor injury.

Now, a few days later, it’s emerged that Martin Dubravka has also been ruled out of Slovakia’s upcoming games.

He sat out their 2-0 defeat to Norway on Friday and the reason for his absence has now been explained, with manager Stefan Tarkovic revealing that he has suspected angina and is now on antibiotics as a result.

The goalkeeper has therefore left their camp, been ruled out of Tuesday’s clash with Finland and may join Schar in being an early doubt for Sunday’s trip to Spurs.

Speaking to futbalsfz.sk, Slovakia’s head coach had this to say when asked about Dubravka’s absence:

“I am very sorry that two more players have to leave [the squad].

“Martin Dubravka suspects angina. Our doctors started antibiotic treatment for him.

“He is in isolation and will definitely not be part of the team in Norway and Finland. Ivan Schranz came together with an untreated member after a club match with Linz.

“Since he still doesn’t have it right, after talking to the doctors and the player, I decided that he wouldn’t travel with us and return to the club.

Instead of Martin Dúbravka, I called František Plach and Ivan Schranz will be replaced by Erik Jirka.”

Let’s hope the big man is on the mend soon and able to play when we travel to Tottenham on April 3rd.

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan, he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC!

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