Injury woes irritate Dubravka
Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is disappointed that he may have to miss the start of the Premier League season for the second year in succession.
The Magpies finished 12th in the Premier League last season and they are 12/1 to end this term in the top half of the table, while they are 1/25 to have to make to a with a bottom-half finish.
I thought I'd already used my bad luck.Martin Dubravka
Dubravka has made 101 Premier League appearances for the Tynesiders since arriving from Sparta Prague in 2018 and he has kept 29 clean sheets during that period.
However, the 32-year-old suffered a heel injury 12 months ago and had to wait until the end of February for his chance to play again in the English top-flight.
The Slovak international was unable to regain his place from Karl Darlow, who again looks set to start thie season as first choice for boss Steve Bruce.
Dubravka's latest injury trouble is on his foot, which required surgery, and is likely to force him to miss the start of the season.
His injury comes just weeks after he scored a freak own goal in a 5-0 defeat to Spain at Euro 2020, which sent his team out of the competition.
Speaking to Sport SK, Dubravka said: "I thought I'd already used my bad luck, but it's almost exactly at the same time as last year.
"Whether it's extreme effort, or I'm just getting older - I didn't count on this and I'll say plainly that it's disappointing for me."
He added: "I was looking forward to the new season, to football, to Newcastle. In any case, I want to move from the role of the spectator to the position of goalkeeper as soon as possible."