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Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka set to be out for ‘six to eight weeks’ with ankle problem

Newcastle’s injury problems are continuing to mount with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka set to miss the start of the season – and club-record signing Joelinton self isolating at home.

Dubravka has suffered a heel injury and has been withdrawn from Slovakia’s squad for next month’s Nations League matches. National team manager Pavel Hapal has claimed he will miss ‘six to eight weeks’.

That is a huge blow for Steve Bruce, whose side were reliant on Dubravka for large parts of last season. Indeed, it was no surprise when he was named player of the year. Karl Darlow, who last started a Premier League game two-and-a-half years ago, will deputise.

Dubravka’s loss comes on the back of a knee injury to Dwight Gayle which is expected to see him sidelined for as long as three months, leaving Andy Carroll as the only striker available to Bruce.

The club are also not commenting on the absence of Joelinton from training. The Brazilian striker recently returned from a holiday on the Greek island of Mykonos. 

Several Chelsea players are currently in quarantine after holidaying in Mykonos following an outbreak of Covid-19 and it is understood Joelinton is also self isolating as a precaution.

Japan forward Yoshinori Muto, meanwhile, has been told to find a new club and has not trained with the squad. 

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