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Newcastle recall GK Martin Dubravka from Manchester United

The goalie only played twice in his loan spell away from Tyneside

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Newcastle United just made official the recall of goalkeeper Martin Drubravka for the second half of the season with the January transfer window opening on Sunday morning.

The Slovakia international went away on a season-long loan to Manchester United and made two appearances under Erik ten Hag, a true Red Devil.

Dubby joined the Magpies from Sparta Prague (on a loan, how interesting!) in Jan. 2018 and is returning (somehow, give us some creative room, folks) to the club five years later in the same way, only in reverse, I guess.

The GK has made 130 competitive appearances during his time on Tyneside, recording 37 clean sheets in the English top-flight.

Dubravka even got to win Newcastle’s 2019/20 Player of the Year award and more recently he recorded eight shut-outs with the Magpies as part of last year’s miraculous campaign.

Dubby will now provide further competition for Nick Pope, who kept his ninth league clean sheet of the season - the most in the Premier League - in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Leeds.

Loris Karius, who signed with Newcastle as a free agent, might not extend his stay in Tyneside for long with this news hitting daylight as soon as the day the transfer window opened.

Karius signed a six-month deal so the return of Dubby should definitely not be shocking news for him, nor should that be the case if the Magpies decide to communicate him his loan is over and not going to be extended into the future.