Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka could miss the start of the season with a foot injury. Freddie woodman’s loan move is put on hold until the severity of Dubravka is known. The goalkeeper was involved with Slovakia in the recently concluded Euro 2020.

Martin Dubravka had suffered an ankle injury at the start of last season and missed a large portion of the campaign for Newcastle. Karl Darlow deputized for the Slovakian for the first half of the season. Mark Gillespie made three appearances in the league cup for the magpies. Their reserve goalkeeper woodman has been on loan at Swansea for the past two seasons. He helped them reach the playoff final last season but failed to make it to the premier league.

Newcastle tied down as many as five first-team players including Jacob Murphy. Federico Fernandez and Dwight Gayle both signed new contracts while the club used their option to renew the contracts of Fabian Schar and Paul Dummett for the 2021/22 season. A number of fans were alarmed with the number of first-team players out of contract at the end of last season.

“I’m delighted to extend the players’ contracts,” said Newcastle boss Steve Bruce. “They all have a thorough understanding of this club and what it takes to play here, and they have all made excellent contributions over recent years. The hard work preparing for the new season has already begun and we’re looking forward to building momentum as we head towards the big kick-off next month.”

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