Martin Dubravka's Newcastle United absence explained
Martin Dubravka had been expected to line up between the posts at Prenton Park tonight – after sitting out Newcastle United’s first three Premier League games.
However, the 33-year-old is not involved in the club’s second-round Carabao Cup tie against Tranmere Rovers. Karl Darlow will line up in goal, and Mark Gillespie, the club’s fourth-choice goalkeeper, is on the bench.
Dubravka – who has lost his place to summer signing Nick Pope – is understood to be missing through illness. Newcastle signed Pope from Burnley in a £10million deal, and Dubravka has been linked with a move away from the club he has served for more than four years.