Unfortunately, Newcastle’s plans for today’s two friendlies have been affected by Karl Darlow’s positive Covid test. Newcastle were already without Martin Dubravka, who has a broken metatarsal.
For today’s matches as well as Friday’s at Doncaster, Steve Bruce will be without Darlow as well as Freddie Woodman and Mark Gillespie, who will all be self-isolating for the next ten days. This is hardly an ideal situation at the start of an important pre-season for this club.
The lads and staff will soldier on and hopefully, Darlow’s symptoms aren’t too severe and he recovers quickly. Bruce will have to rely on some youngsters to man the net for the next week and a half.
Newcastle have revamped the plans for today’s friendlies at York City and Harrogate Town. Rather than splitting the squad between the two matches, the senior side will face York City while the U23s will take on Harrogate Town.
Newcastle’s goalkeeping coach Simon Smith has taken to Twitter and revealed which goalkeepers will be with the senior squad at York this afternoon.
A great opportunity for NUFC young goalkeeper’s tomorrow v York City !
Dan Langley and Max Thompson. Never known a week like it !!
Will Brown and Jake Turner at Harrogate ! Good luck to all ???
— simon smith (@simonsmithgk) July 17, 2021
As expected, Dan Langley will be in goal at York City. He’s been with the first team in training camp and served as Newcastle’s third-choice keeper during Dubravka’s absence last term. Max Thompson will be buzzing to be with the first team at just 16-years-old.
This friendly will be streamed live for free on NUFC TV. It’ll be great to see the lads back in action especially the ones who missed the backed of last season with injuries. Jamaal Lascelles, Ryan Fraser, and Isaac Hayden should all be involved today.