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Newcastle coach Simon Smith provides Martin Dubravka injury update

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Newcastle coach Simon Smith provides Martin Dubravka injury update

Newcastle goalkeeping coach Simon Smith has tweeted an update on the progress of Martin Dubravka.

The Slovakia international is currently sidelined at St. James’ Park and is yet to play so far in 2020/21, having not missed a single league game over the past couple of seasons.

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The 31-year-old has been struggling with a heel injury, which required surgery, and recently it was reported that he had suffered a setback in his recovery.

Now, Smith has confirmed that Dubravka is still in the gym and not yet out on the training field.

He said: “Martin’s injury is taking slightly longer than expected but anyone who has suffered from ‘plantar fasciiatis’ knows, it takes time….he is working hard in the gym to maintain fitness and I am looking forward to having him back on the grass asap! @HecoDubravka.”

Plantar fasciitis is described as ‘the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a part of one’s foot that connects the heel bone to the toe’.

Thankfully for Newcastle while Dubravka has been out, Karl Darlow has been in very good form for the Magpies.

No goalkeeper has made more saves than him in the top-flight so far, and he’ll have to keep on his game with Dubravka seemingly still some weeks away from a return.

TBR’s View – Newcastle fine for the moment

The good news for Newcastle is that Darlow is really stepping up to the plate at the moment.

£38,000-a-week star Dubravka (Spotrac) is the better goalkeeper, but the 30-year-old is in tremendous form and arguably he’s played a crucial role in Newcastle’s current league position of 14th.

With eight points amassed, Steve Bruce’s side are actually only five points off top spot at the moment, such has been the madness in the Premier League so far.

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