Newcastle to make last-minute fitness call on Karl Darlow for Sunday’s trip to Wolves with keeper still sore after heavy collision with Marcus Rashford in last weekend’s loss to Man United
- Karl Darlow is a major doubt for Newcastle’s trip to Wolves on Sunday
- The keeper was hurt in a collision with Marcus Rashford last weekend
- Magpies boss Steve Bruce said he would make a late fitness call on Darlow
Newcastle head coach Steve Bruce will make a late decision on keeper Karl Darlow ahead of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Wolves.
Darlow was hurt in a collision with Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford in Saturday night’s 4-1 defeat at St James’ Park and is touch and go for the trip to Molineux.
Bruce said: ‘He’s still sore, but he’s made a huge improvement from where he was on Saturday night. We’re going to have to take it down to the wire.
Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow collided with Marcus Rashford on Saturday evening
Darlow is still sore and a major doubt for Newcastle’s trip to Wolves on the weekend
‘It’s an impact injury, there’s no tear, but it’s in a very sore region where he’s taken an awful knock.
‘He’s better than he was but whether he’s going to be fit or not, we’ll have to see over the next 48 hours.’
If Darlow, who is currently deputising for the injured Martin Dubravka, does not make it, summer signing Mark Gillespie will be asked to step in.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said he will make a late call to play him or not on Sunday
Summer signing Mark Gillespie (centre) will fill in if Darlow is ruled out of playing
The 28-year-old was released by the Magpies as a teenager and has had spells at Carlisle, Walsall and Motherwell before turning to Tyneside, where he has started all three of the club’s Carabao Cup ties so far this season.
Bruce said: ‘It’s why we brought him here. He’s played three times in the cup and that looks a good shout now, especially if he has to make his debut. He’s had some sort of football, anyway.
‘He’s an experienced goalkeeper who has played in the Scottish Premiership, so he’ll be fine.’