Exclusive: Newcastle player 'Worth a lot of points' has given team big boost - Mills

Danny Mills has claimed the unscheduled mid-season break stands to benefit Newcastle United with Martin Dubravka nearing a return. 

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 31-year-old has been worth a lot of points over the course of the season with his consistent displays.

Dubravka was ruled out for a month after sustaining a knee injury at the beginning of March but has said he should be fully fit when the season restarts.

The Slovakia international feared the injury would cost him his ever-present record in the Premier League this season.

However, with all fixtures suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there is hope he will be available when or if play resumes.

The governing bodies are making preparations for a potential mid-June restart, providing it is safe to do so.

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When asked by Football Insider how big a boost the news would be for Steve Bruce, Mills said: “Newcastle are safe, so there is not a massive worry about that.

“There is a lot of players – you look at Tottenham with Son and Kane. Everyone has had a reset.

“Teams will also pick up injuries when the season starts up again as it would be in pre-season. It is a great opportunity for players that have had bad injuries to get themselves fit and back in the frame.

“Dubravka has been very consistent and made a lot of good saves. Goalkeepers are worth a lot of points across a season.”

Dubravka, who has kept nine clean sheets this campaign, put pen to paper on a new six-year deal at St. James Park last year.

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