Our goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is recovering from a knee injury he picked up at Southampton in what turned out to be our last game before the enforced suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.
And the UK is now in total lockdown mode (police-enforced) for the next three weeks to help prevent the disease from spreading.
If the season does start up again, it’s almost certain that Martin will be fit to play.
The season will not start before April 30th, according to the PL, so he should definitely be fit by then.
Martin has his girlfriend Lucia with him, along with their French bulldog Shay.
It looks like Shay is shy of the camera.
But that seems a familiar name he’s given the dog!
Sorry about that.
And yes, we think he named their dog Shay after the great Shay Given – one of Newcastle’s best ever goalkeepers.
Martin has been interviewed on the Newcastle website and the site, and this is what he had to say:
“Every morning I’m visiting the clinic with Mike (club physio Michael Harding) and spending the time with him to heal my knee.”
“I’ve also got my program in the gym, so I’m trying to be fit and ready as soon as possible. I think I’m doing similar things to my team-mates.”
“I’m trying to spend time with my girlfriend, as she is the only (family member) in England for me, and it will be tough for her as well.”
“So we are trying to spend time with our dog for long walks in the woods where there are no people.”
“There’s not much to do in this time where you have to be careful – you have to stay at home most of the time, you have to stay away from people.”
“But we are obviously very active people so we are trying to do as many things as we can, especially around the house.”
Everybody is in limbo at the moment, but it will be a good rest for the players.
If the season does start up again, most of our players will be fit.
Or if it doesn’t start until next season, they will all have had a well-deserved rest.