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Injured Magpie Reveals How Lockdown Changed His Treatment Plans

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.

11 comments so far

  • investinyouthtoon

    Apr 11, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Thanks for sharing geordietom. For me Dubs is my player of the season, without him I’d hate to think where we’d be

  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Bobby Thompson

    “That’s fightin’ taalk where Aa cum from”

    “How cum yer not fightin’ then?”

    “Aave shifted”

  • geordietom

    Apr 11, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #3

    invest …

    i see Neil pinched it off me mate , yep i’d give Dubs player of the season as well . he saved us many a time …

  • lesh

    Apr 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #4


    Howay, dust a record off, clean the needle and post some music

  • lesh

    Apr 11, 2020 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Ron Knee, Munster

    Hancock’s done well in pointing the finger at care staff for not using their PPE according to guidelines. In the meantime, Bowis’s PR machine and family are bigging him up as a hero, a fighter, one who’s suffered so that we are aware that the threat is real. What about the others who’ve died or are or were suffering? What about the care staff without whom the ‘fighter’ probably wouldn’t have survived?

    This lot are so far up their own backsides…..

  • fairscup

    Apr 11, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Are people working at the FA/Premier League or whoever does this fit and proper test or is the paperwork still in someones in tray?

  • lesh

    Apr 11, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    And now Hancock’s questioning whether those care staff who’ve died of the virus actually picked up the infection on the course of their work.

  • geordietom

    Apr 11, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Lesh …

    nay music at the moment mate worried in case they carry a virus dont want anyone to get their laptops/computer getting infected …

    nipping out for a quick walk with the missus first time we have been out in 3 weeks …

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 11, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #9

    Lesh, he’s awful. Did you see one of his early interviews, publicly begging for ventilators and referencing their complexity by saying “he couldn’t make one himself”. I think you have really poor political leaders over there compared to the past.

  • Just a fan

    Apr 11, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    McMillan was ok and I didn’t mind heath.
    Can’t think of another off the top of my head and I’m a Labour voter.

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 11, 2020 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #11

    Just a fan, in this situation Blair would be far more compassionate and credible. Brown had gravitas too and was a miles better communicator.


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