Martin Dubravka is nursing a toe injury at Newcastle United - but is expected to play against Watford.
Magpies head coach Eddie Howe revealed the Slovakian picked up the issue in the build-up to Joe Ironside’s winner for Cambridge United in the FA Cup last weekend.
The 32-year-old has been receiving treatment this week and Howe is hopeful Dubravka will start for the huge relegation six-pointer at St James’ Park.
Dubravka has come under criticism in recent weeks, particularly after his mistake against Manchester City, but Howe defended his goalkeeper.
Eddie Howe on Martin Dubravka
“Yeah, I think Martin did take a blow to the toe in the goal incident,” Howe confirmed. “But touch wood he’s going to be OK.
“Martin, when you look back to various games, has made some really good saves, all through our recent performances. I really, really like him as a goalkeeper.
“He’s got an excellent attitude, is a really solid and dependable guy, and I’m really looking forward to continuing working with him.”
Eddie Howe offers encouraging update on Jamal Lewis
Meanwhile, Howe also offered an encouraging update on the fitness of Jamal Lewis.
Lewis, a £15million signing from Norwich City in 2020, has been out of action since injuring his hamstring during the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool in December.
The left-back is now back in light training as he looks to step up his recovery ahead of the visit to Leeds United next weekend.
Howe said: “We’ve still got a couple of Covid cases in the camp and we’re testing today, so fingers crossed no one succumbs there.
“Jamal Lewis and Paul Dummett are edging closer to returns.
“A few knocks and niggles flying around by nothing too serious.”