Martin Dubravka was due to see his 79 straight appearances for Newcastle snapped against Sheffield United on March 14th due to the knee injury he suffered in the win over Southampton the week before.
Karl Darlow was in line to make his first Premier League start since a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace in February of 2018, the game before Martin’s debut against Manchester United.
However, events unfolded rapidly that week, and we’ve seen this season suspended indefinitely and in real doubt of ever being completed.
Dubravka’s initial diagnosis had him out until at least April, though some thought it could be as long as 4 to 6 weeks. It could have proven to be a difficult period for Newcastle who have relied on Martin’s outstanding form to keep just clear of a relegation fight.
The 31-year-old has given an update on his recovery to nufc.co.uk. Despite spending most of his time in isolation with his girlfriend, he is progressing very well from his injury.
This is what the Slovakian said about his injury and how he’s coping during the lockdown:
“I’m getting better every day. I’m nearly there. My knee is 85-90% healed.
“I need some time to get my routine, my bike sessions, and running sessions. It’s obviously difficult now to do the running sessions, but I’m glad I can do some things at home and in my own gym, and I’m nearly there.
“It has been difficult, but in the first two weeks (before lockdown), I spent some time with Michael Harding (first-team physio), and he helped me to do my treatment.
“Once we had to stay at home, it was a bit more difficult, but I could do the program the club sends me.
“That has helped me, and some rest has helped, but I’m an active person, and I want to be in good shape when we come back.”
If this season gets back underway, we’d expect Martin Dubravka to be fully fit and ready to go. If the season doesn’t get completed, Dubravka is almost a certainty to be our player of the season.