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Newcastle Now Down Four Goalkeepers As Darlow Tests Positive For Covid



Newcastle United have confirmed that Karl Darlow has tested positive for Covid-19 during routine testing.

Darlow will be self-isolating for 10 days along with both Freddie Woodman and Mark Gillespie leaving Newcastle short on goalkeepers for the two friendlies on Sunday as well as next Friday’s match at Doncaster.

Due to this, tomorrow’s plans for a split-squad action at both York City and Harrogate Town have been altered. The Newcastle first-team will face York City while the U23 squad will travel to Harrogate Town.

Here is an email from Newcastle confirming the positive test.

This is terrible news and has seen Newcastle’s pre-season plans derailed in just the second week. Newcastle were the first Premier League club to have to postpone a match last season when the squad was hit with an outbreak.

It resulted in a terrible downturn in form as Allan Saint-Maximin, Jamaal Lascelles, and Federico Fernandez all struggled to recover from the virus. Now Newcastle are without four first-team goalkeepers with Darlow, Gillespie, and Woodman all in quarantine for the next week and a half.

First-choice goalkeeper Martin Dubravka could be lost until after the first internal break in September with a broken metatarsal. Newcastle have yet to confirm the extent of Dubravka’s injury or a timeframe for his return.

It appears that 20-year-old Dan Langley will be the starting goalkeeper at York City. The local lad has been spotted training with the first team in training camp. Either Jake Turner or Will Brown will likely get the nod at Harrogate Town.

This is another blow for Steve Bruce and Newcastle in preparations for the upcoming season. Bruce said the following about Darlow’s positive test:

“Unfortunately, Karl Darlow has tested positive for Covid-19 and it has affected the goalkeepers, with Mark Gillespie and Freddie Woodman coming into relatively close contact and needing to self-isolate.

“Thankfully, everyone else has been tested again and all those test results were negative.

“Because there has been a positive case, a first-team group will travel to York on Sunday and the match at Harrogate will now be made up of under 23s players.

“I have spoken to Simon Weaver, who was very understanding, and I would like to apologize to any Harrogate supporters who have bought tickets thinking first-team players were coming.

“Ultimately, we have to follow the advice from medical professionals and take proactive steps to protect players and we simply can’t mix up the dressing rooms, which was our initial plan.”

We wish Darlow a swift recovery and hopefully, the club have caught this quickly so no other players or staff will be affected.


49 comments so far

  • Mund

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1

    WLG

    They will get what’s coming to them mate.

    Football needs to return to the fans, as without any of us the PL wouldn’t exist and it’s about time they realised that.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Looks like Steve Harper might have to get his boots on!

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #3

    The gawds have smiled on Brucie again, his ready made excuse if we get off to a bad start. “We’ll yew knoow, we’ve had a aawful time with the Cewvid…..again (rolls eyes, cringy daft sympathy gaining laugh) it’s such a difficult club to manage yew knoow, what with them, being so sh!te, yew knoow”

    19
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #4

    He hasn’t even made his excuse and already he’s pi$$ing me off.
    Bruce Oot!!!

    11
  • Adamn_92

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Well at least luck seems to be on our side at the moment…

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Adamn_92,
    We want to hope that wherever that GJ has gone on holiday doesn’t turn red zone.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #8

    I wonder if GJ will be heading off with England every break now leaving the team of Steve’s in charge.

    0
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Swblr

    S Shields is like the opposite of everywhere else I’ve been, the majority aren’t wearing masks.

    No surprise at the infections rates that have been mentioned.

    1
  • jane

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #10

    “It appears that 20-year-old Dan Langley will be the starting goalkeeper at York City. The local lad has been spotted training with the first team in training camp. Either Jake Turner or Will Brown will likely get the nod at Harrogate Town.”

    good opportunity for them.

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    The Nufc squad need Jones more than England.

    1
  • Adamn_92

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail

    Fully expecting the news soon if Jones having to self isolate. That or he’s picked up a back injury from carrying Bruce and the Steve’s.

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #13
  • geordietom

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #14

    There’s loads of kids around here who have come down with Novo Virus , thats another on sweeping across the uk at the moment …

    1
  • geordietom

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #15

    one *

    0
  • jane

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #16

    “the majority aren’t wearing masks.”

    legal from Monday.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Op,
    That’s simply not true about the masks, I live there and see first hand what people are doing.

    2
  • Adamn_92

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Amazing that the health secretary can say he has covid after having 2 jabs, whilst also backing the total relaxation of all the covid rules even though half the population aren’t double jabbed. Incredible stuff.

    5
  • captainmarvel

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #19

    OP, In Northumberland 89% of adults have had one dose, 74% have had two, which is heading for the right direction..

    2
  • jane

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #20

    “Amazing that the health secretary can say he has covid after having 2 jabs”

    not really

    1
  • jane

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #21

    “whilst also backing the total relaxation of all the covid rules even though half the population aren’t double jabbed.”

    best to do it in the summer.

    0
  • Adamn_92

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Jane

    Yes if you only take a small section of any sentence you can make it sound silly.

    4
  • jane

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #23

    haha 🙂

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 17, 2021 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #24

    In fact it’s actually very wrong to say “a majority” aren’t wearing masks. Maybe not in the street but you very rarely see someone walk in to a shop without one, not sure about the Metro although there’s a lot of young kids use it and I don’t think youngsters are keen on wearing them.

    0
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail

    Every time I’ve been on metro or in one of shops on main street, virtually no ones had a mask on.

    0
  • simon376

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #26

    OP

    It has to change for metro travel as they are saying no Mayer what happens on Monday mask wearing is compulsory for metro and I think bus travel. Uber are saying same thing.

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Jail..

    I was in Greggs at 10am yesterday, there was 10 customers in shop, 2 had masks on

    The manageress had one of those neck bands saying she’s exempt, yet she kept pushing between customers to put the sandwiches in the fridge the whole time I was in shop.

    Today when I went there was atleast 7 and not one had a mask.

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Simon

    The Metro was mad, most sat without masks, then putting a mask on to get off.

    2
  • simon376

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Jane

    Adamn is talking about the silly lifting of restrictions, and this is where now being said could cause problems worldwide. See those coming back from France and other countries still have to isolate, think won’t be long before a lot of countries refuse entry for the British with it being so bad here now and only going to get worse from Monday

    3
  • jane

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #30

    “Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “We are all expected and recommended to keep wearing face coverings in busy indoor settings, including shops and on public transport.

    “We will be encouraging customers to follow this advice when making journeys and we will have extra teams out on Monday to talk with customers about why that’s the right thing to do for everyone.”

    https://www.nexus.org.uk/news/item/metro-customers-must-keep-wearing-face-coverings-when-travelling

    0
  • Banana

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #31

    Callum Wilson now the number 9 🙂

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Op,
    I’ve been asking Simon what have we been doing different to anyone else, I’ve never seen anything like that before. It is very noticeable when you see someone not wearing one it is so infrequent. Not sure how you’ve managed to count all them. If I was home I’d pop in and check your numbers.

    0
  • Banana

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #33

    Joelinton number 7 so taking AC’s number.

    2
  • simon376

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #34

    OP

    Obviously just total idiots on metro. Can totally understand not walking round street and open space with a mask on, but when on public transport beside others, shy chance it. Mate of mine was at pub last Sunday with 5 of his mates, don’t know if one Jail ment, but 3 positive now including him, said really bad yesterday, but better today but not great. I’ve never been in a pub since July last year, my local the bambrugh where great north run finished is missin me and I’m missing hand pulled pints so much, just don’t think worth it though

    2
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Jail

    Cos I hate waiting, so I’m stood there mumbling under my mask at all the knackers.

    Maybe it’s just the shops and times I’m off site and in there, I may be seeing a disproportionate number to reality.

    I’m not there 12hrs doing averages 😉

    2
  • Banana

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #36

    I tell ya, i really wish Joelinton comes good and offers something to the team consistently. Seems a decent fella, just brittle confidence.

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail

    Lemon or lemonade seems to give a positive result, as all the kids will tell you.

    Is lager tops or hooch popular in S Shields 😉

    1
  • simon376

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Surprised Wilson giving up 13 shirt thought it was his fav but 9 sounds right for him

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Why would I be so puzzled as to why our numbers were so high in STyneside if the answer was staring me in the face every time I went in to a shop???

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 17, 2021 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #40

    For anyone wanting to see the official change.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/NUFC/status/1416412404796243973

    Buzzing with that like

    1


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