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Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has suffered an injury set-back, according to the Times.

A club source has told the newspaper that Dubravka’s recover has been ‘slower than expected’, and he could now be out until December.

The Slovakian was only expected to be on the treatment table for around six weeks, but his heel problem just hasn’t healed as hoped.

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That is a major blow to Newcastle, as Dubravka is one of the standout players.

The Slovakian stoppers has proven to be one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the Premier League in recent years, and Steve Bruce will be eager to have him back as soon as possible.

In fairness, Karl Darlow has really stepped up in recent weeks, with Newcastle’s back-up custodian putting in some excellent displays.

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But Dubravka is the club’s undisputed number one and when he is fit he will surely return straight to their starting line-up.

If Dubravka is to be out until December, he could yet miss another six Premie League games, with the Magpies taking on the likes of Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea before his scheduled return.

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