Wolverhampton Wanderers will have to ensure they find their cutting edge this weekend, with a report claiming Martin Dubravka is set to return for Newcastle United.
According to The Telegraph, Magpies manager Steve Bruce is ready to recall the Slovakian stopper, after keeping the faith with Karl Darlow in recent weeks.
Dubravka returned to the first-team picture last month, and played against Arsenal in the FA Cup, but has been left to warm the bench with Bruce showing loyalty to Darlow.
But the Englishman’s form has dipped in recent weeks, and it appears Bruce is now ready to make a big call for Wolves’ visit to St. James’ Park.
Dubravka returning between the sticks is undoubtedly a blow for Wolves, with the 32-year-old having had produced some solid performances previously.
On his last appearance against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side back in January 2020 at Molineux, he made two stunning saves from Pedro Neto and Raul Jimenez (via News & Star).
It was thanks to him that Newcastle escaped with a 1-1 draw that day, and Wolves, of course, would go on to miss out on a Europa League qualifying spot by virtue of having a worse goal difference than Tottenham Hotspur.
Neto, Jose and Traore must be clinical
If Dubravka really is going to replace Darlow, then Wolves’ attacking players need to make sure they bring their shooting boots.
Pedro Neto, Adama Traore and Willian Jose will have fancied their chances coming up against Darlow, who has made a couple of errors recently.
But £38,000-a-week star Dubravka (Spotrac) is a top goalkeeper, who has proven to be a thorn in Wolves’ side in the past.