Darren Bent admits that he is feeling sorry for Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow after the suspension of the Premier League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Sunderland and Englan striker admits the 28-year-old might have seen his chance of top-flight action disappear with the latest update.
The Premier League confirmed earlier this week that they had extended the suspension of fixtures until the end of April at the earliest.
The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA are committed to finding ways of resuming the 2019/20 football season as soon as it is safe and possible to do so
— Premier League (@premierleague) March 19, 2020
Newcastle revealed earlier this month that first-choice keeper Martin Dubravka would be missing until at least the end of March with a knee injury suffered in the 1-0 win over Southampton.
His absence meant that Darlow, who had been on the bench for all but one Premier League game this term, was in line to start for the first time before the season was suspended.
With Dubravka potentially having the time to recover before Premier League action returns, Bent admits his heart bleeds for his understudy.
“Yeah, it’s a bit of a killer, the timing, this Coronavirus seems to have disrupted a lot of people’s plans,” Bent told Football Insider.
“It is a difficult time as a second-choice keeper. Hopefully, Dubravka can come back quickly from this. We’re in such uncharted waters because we just don’t know the time frames or when we’re going to be able to play again.
“In some players’ favours, it might work while in some other it won’t, it’s just about taking it game by game and hopefully things will be sorted sooner rather than later.”
Darlow’s only appearances this season have come in the cup competitions, which include a run to the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The Magpies were scheduled to face Manchester City at St James’ Park on Saturday but will have to wait until the season kicks off again.
In other Newcastle United news, Bent has tipped the Magpies to win a reported Premier League transfer battle.