Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has actually confirmed that goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has suffered an obstacle ahead of his team’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

What’s the story?

The Slovakian had surgical treatment on a broken metatarsal and validated after the operation that it would be really not likely he would be offered for the first game of the Premier League season versus West Ham, with Freddie Woodman playing in his lack.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Villa, Bruce has provided a stressing upgrade on Dubravka’s scenario.

He said: “It’s not terrific when the two most skilled ones are struggling. Martin’s injury has actually ended up being contaminated which will set him back a couple of more weeks. Karl has still not conquer his issues. We might need to sign up 4 goalkeepers which is unprecedented.”

Bruce will be gutted

Dubravka missed a big part of the 2020/21 Premier League season too due to injury, prior to ultimately making his comeback and starting the last 13 games in the department– the Magpies lost just three times because run.

Being denied of the man who completed the campaign as their top shot-stopper will come as a bitter blow to Bruce, however the Newcastle manager’s admission that the 32-year-old is now set to miss out on the brand-new couple of weeks as well is a significant setback.

With Karl Darlow also out, Woodman will have to step up to the plate over these next couple of games for the Magpies, and that’s a huge ask for a 24-year-old who had never ever played a Premier League game up until last weekend versus the Hammers.

The news on Dubravka right before the clash against Villa this afternoon makes certain to have Bruce anxious over how Woodman, and the team in general, will cope in the 32-year-old’s continued lack.

On the other hand, Newcastle have actually opened talks over signing this star …