Martin Dubravka’s Manchester United loan explained as Newcastle United fans ask recall question

Karl Darlow’s ankle injury has brought Newcastle United’s decision to loan Martin Dubravka to Manchester United back under the spotlight.

Newcastle United are on the verge of signing former Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius after an unexpected injury blow to Karl Darlow.

With Nick Pope now the club’s undisputed No.1, Martin Dubravka’s loan move to Manchester United was sanctioned on deadline day with Darlow backed as adequate cover.

However, the 31-year-old has picked up an ankle ligament injury in training, with a return date not yet made clear. That leaves Eddie Howe with just two senior goalkeepers - Pope and third-choice Mark Gillespie.

To cover Darlow’s absence, Karius is expected to put pen to paper on a short-term deal on Tyneside as he prepares to undergo his medical this afternoon.

It has also raised questions over a potential recall for Dubravka, and here, NewcastleWorld takes another look at the loan agreement with Manchester United:

Can Newcastle United recall Martin Dubravka?

Yes, but only during the January transfer window.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is on loan at Manchester United.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is on loan at Manchester United.
Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is on loan at Manchester United.

Dubravka moved to Old Trafford on a season-long loan deal, where Erik ten Hag’s side have the option to make the move permanent next summer.

Will Dubraka be recalled? Well, it all depends on the severity of Darlow’s injury.

What has Eddie Howe said?

Howe made it clear he wanted to keep Dubravka at St James’ Park but respected the player’s wishes to join Manchester United.

Howe also spoke highly of Darlow following his appearance in the 2-1 second round Carabao Cup win at Tranmere Rovers.

The Magpies head coach said: “From my perspective, I’m sad if Martin does leaves, I’ll be sad to see him go. Certainly, it’s not something we necessarily wanted as a football club but we understand there are always two sides to every story.

“It’s not always about what I want or the club wants. You have to understand the player’s position as well. Sometimes you have to see things from two perspectives. There’s no ideal world in football, you have to make a decision. The club have made a decision and we back it.

“Every situation is a risk. I certainly back Karl Darlow. I have no issue with Karl or Martin, they are two very good goalkeepers.

“Karl did very well against Tranmere recently and showed his experience and value to the squad. He has trained brilliantly.

“I would love as many good goalkeepers as I can have, and certainly Martin is that, but you have to understand the other person’s perspective.”