Newcastle United battle Rangers and Aston Villa for teenage forward, Bruce expects first team player to leave

Martin Dubravka’s foot injury could throw a spanner in the works for Freddie Woodman’s chances of leaving Newcaste United in the coming weeks.

Monday, 19th July 2021, 7:52 am
Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - Pool/Getty Images)

That’s according to Toon boss Steve Bruce who is facing a bit of a goalkeeping crisis at the moment.

Woodman has been heavily linked with a move away from Tyneside this summer, but with Karl Darlow also testing positive for Covid, the Magpies chief has suggested that the youngster could be kept around.

“Martin picked up a foot injury with his country (Slovakia) at the Euros, and is having an operation,” he said.

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“We’ll not know how bad that is (until later today).

"Karl Darlow, unfortunately, picked up Covid. So we felt it best that the people who were close to him, i.e. during dinner, self-isolate, so we pulled them out of the group.

"The group has been tested for the last three days. Thankfully everybody else is negative. It shows you we’re not immune to it. We’ve tried our utmost, but it still lingers around, which is difficult to manage.

“Well, we'll not know the extent of the operation with Dubravka (until later today).

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"He picked up something similar last pre-season, running in the woods. He complained of it during the Championships, so we'll not know until the next 24 to 48 hours, and then we'll see how long he's out and what we need to do.

“I understand Freddie will be a little bit disappointed at this moment, but I've got to do what's best for Newcastle, and I'll always do that. The club comes first."

We’ve gathered the best of today’s Premier League transfer speculation below...

Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite would prefer to join West Ham or Wolves instead of Brighton. (Sport) (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Sheffield Wednesday still harbour an interest in signing Burnley goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell this summer. (The Athletic) (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to bring another five new faces to the club before the summer transfer window closes. A new goalkeeper, right-back and creative midfielder are at the top of the agenda. (The Athletic) (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)
Leeds United are in talks with Ligue 1 outfit Metz over the potential transfer of Farid Boulaya. The playmaker could cost as little as £3.9 million. (Mohamed Toubache) (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Leeds United have decided to “pull the plug” on the signing of Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman. (Football Insider) (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has said it's time for Andy Carroll to leave the club and that talks are already underway for his departure. (Various) (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Rangers, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Newcastle United and Norwich are all monitoring Caleb Chukwuemeka, with the Villains seeing an initial bid for the Northampton Town forward rejected. (Daily Mail) (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)