Newcastle United could be without both striker Dwight Gayle and, perhaps more crucially, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for the season opener with West Ham United next month.

The Magpies take on the Hammers on the opening weekend of the Premier League in the middle of next month and at both ends of the pitch Steve Bruce currently has headaches.

Gayle played less than 20 minutes in a recent friendly with Crewe Alexandra before coming off injured and faces a spell out, whilst Dubravka appears to have had his lay-off confirmed by his international manager.

Slovakia boss Pavel Haval told Sky Sports that he expects the stopper to be out for six to eight weeks:

“He (Dubravka) has problems with his ankle, he dropped out for six to eight weeks.”

It’s a worry for Bruce, of course, as Dubravka is seen as one of the better goalkeepers in the Premier League so to not have him about is far from ideal.

Meanwhile, up top, the likes of Joelinton will be tasked with trying to score the goals – though Gayle wasn’t as heavily relied upon last season as Dubravka.


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