This morning Newcastle United announced that Martin Dubravka has suffered a knee injury that will keep him out until at least April. It’s the ‘at least’ part that could be concerning for Newcastle fans.
Martin was injured around the 60-minute mark at St Mary’s in our 1-0 victory over Southampton. It was the second straight match in which Martin suffered a knock and was left hobbled for the remainder of the game.
He also struggled with a minor leg problem at Burnley the previous week after jumping to claim a ball in the box and landing awkwardly.
However, this time it’s a lot more serious as Martin has done damage to his knee that will force him to miss some time. How many games will be a lingering question in the coming weeks.
Steve Bruce will now turn to Karl Darlow, who has not started a Premier League match since a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace in early February of 2018. Dubravka was on the bench for that match before getting his debut the next week in a 1-0 win over Manchester United.
It’s been all Dubravka in the league since then. However, Steve Bruce has used Karl Darlow as his primary keeper for the cups. The 29-year-old has started every cup match except the third round draw at Rochdale, which Dubravka started.
In retrospect, it’s a blessing that Darlow has seen some action this season and played quite well. He’ll be called upon to keep Newcastle in games just like his outstanding teammate.
If a report in Sky Sports is accurate, then Darlow could play a much larger role for the remainder of the season. They are reporting that Martin could miss the next six to eight weeks with his knee injury.
We have faith that Karl can get the job done. He’s been an outstanding servant to Newcastle since joining in the summer of 2015. He loves Newcastle and now is his time to take the reigns and help us progress up the Premier League table.