Mark Gillespie could make his Premier League debut for Newcastle United during next weekend’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers after the injury blow suffered by Karl Darlow, according to the Northern Echo.
You have to feel for the Magpies’ long-serving number two.
A man who failed to make even a single league appearance in each of the last two seasons was suddenly thrust into Steve Bruce’s starting XI once Martin Dubravka was consigned to a lengthy spell on the sidelines. And it is fair to say he stepped up to the plate in some style.
Darlow has saved more shots than any other glovesman in the division this season. While his Man of the Match performance in September’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham is one of the finest goalkeeping displays in the competition’s recent history.
But, in what feels like a cruel blow a seldom-seen 30-year-old, his run in the first-team looks to have been brought to premature conclusion.
A collision with Marcus Rashford during Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Manchester United means that Darlow is now a serious doubt for the upcoming trip to Molineux.
According to the Echo, 28-year-old Gillespie is now in line for a dream top-flight bow while teenager Will Brown is expected to feature on the bench.
A summer signing from Motherwell, Gillespie is in his second spell at St James’ Park but has been restricted to EFL Cup outings so far.
The Newcastle-born shot-stopper shone against Blackburn Rovers in round two. But a big mistake against Newport County might have fans wondering whether their third-choice ‘keeper is ready to take on Raul Jimenez and co in the Black Country.