'Hell of a boost' - Exclusive: Bruce reacts to big Newcastle update

Alex Bruce has claimed that it will be a “hell of a boost” for Newcastle United to have Martin Dubravka back from injury. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Hull City defender hailed the 31-year-old for the impact he has had at St. James’ Park since arriving from Sparta Prague in 2018.

The stopper suffered a knee injury during the Magpies’ 1-0 win over Southampton in March, and was expected to miss a significant amount of action as a result.

Since then, however, the Premier League has been suspended because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, and the Slovakian has revealed in recent days that he is nearing a return to full fitness.

That could mean that he will be available for the Toon Army if and when the current campaign resumes, and Bruce believes that it will be a welcome boost for the Tyneside club.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “He’s been a great goalkeeper since he came into Newcastle.

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“I think his debut was against Manchester United and he had a blinder, I remember watching it. He’s kept up that form all the way through, and he’s been very impressive to watch.

“Obviously, for any team, when you’ve got a settled goalkeeper between the sticks it gives you a hell of a boost of confidence.

“He’s certainly a top keeper.”

Dubravka has been a mainstay for the Magpies this season, featuring in 30 matches across all competitions.

So far this term, he has conceded 42 goals and kept nine clean sheets for Steve Bruce’s side.

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