Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow was hospitalized with Covid infection after becoming dehydrated – 30-year-old stopper is slowly improving but warns the illness was ‘terrible’ and ‘we still need to be careful’
- Karl Darlow contracted Covid for the past two weeks and struggled to shake the virus
- Martin Dubravka remains injured and likely to miss the start of the season
- Fellow goalkeepers Freddie Woodman and Mark Gillespie forced to isolate at home
- Newcastle relied on youngster Dan Langley in pre-season friendlies
Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow is recovering at home after being hospitalized with Covid 19.
The Toonstopper contracted the virus about two weeks ago and became increasingly dehydrated before being hospitalized, it has been reported.
“The past week has been pretty awful, but I’m slowly getting better. This shows that we still have to be very careful.’ Darlow, 30, told air sports.
Karl Darlow, pictured in training on July 15, contracted Covid in the past two weeks
Yesterday manager Steve Bruce admitted his goalkeeper was having a hard time. “Karl Darlow is still not doing well. He’s not great at all, unfortunately with Covid at the moment,” the boss told reporters.
Newcastle’s other fit goalkeepers, Freddie Woodman and Mark Gillespie, have been in isolation at home but will return to the squad this week.
Bruce has turned to younger Dan Langley, 20, who is six feet tall in the last two games at York City and Doncaster Rovers.
Martin Dubravka remains injured and will likely miss the start of the season.
Darlow’s illness has left Newcastle with a goalkeeper crisis for the season as Martin Dubravka is injured and Freddie Woodman and Mark Gillespie are forced to self-isolate
Newcastle join Rotherham United on Tuesday and face Burton Albion on Friday.
They are not the only Premier League team to suffer from Covid as they prepare for the new season.
Arsenal and Chelsea have had to change plans for their pre-season preparations due to positive cases and there are concerns about the possibility of major disruptions when the season starts next month.
Arsenal had to cancel their pre-season tour to America after a Covid outbreak hit their tour group.
The Gunners would fly to the United States last week for the two-game trip, in a tournament called the Florida Cup in Orlando, where they would have faced Italian champions Inter Milan on Sunday and then either Everton or Colombian Millionarios. in their second game.
Chelsea had to because of Covid. prematurely end their pre-season camp in Ireland
Thomas Tuchel returned to London with his side after a possible Covid case in the squad
However, a small number of people in their 80-strong group of players and club staff who boarded the flight from Stansted Airport on Wednesday afternoon tested positive.
Meanwhile, Chelsea prematurely ended their pre-season camp in the Republic of Ireland following a possible positive Covid-19 test from one of their players.
Last Thursday’s scheduled closed-door friendly against Drogheda United was canceled at the last minute, with the Blues playing an internal match instead.
Premier League clubs will again run a fortnightly testing program but players in the EFL will generally only be tested if they show symptoms.
Birmingham City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has also been hospitalized with Covid this month.