Martin Dubravka will return to Manchester United having picked up an injury while on international duty with Slovakia.

The 33-year-old would have hoped to have made his first appearances of the season in his country’s two home Nations League games, against Azerbaijan this evening (Thursday) and Belarus on Sunday.

But according to the club’s website, as a precautionary measure, Dubravka has withdrawn from the squad and will have his injury assessed at Carrington.

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Time will tell whether the former Sparta Prague stopper will be fit enough to take his place on the bench when Erik ten Hag’s side travel to Manchester City on 2 October.

Martin Dubravka returns to Manchester United having picked up injury with Slovakia

The 30-time Slovakia international joined the Red Devils on a season-long loan from fellow Premier League side Newcastle United on deadline day.

He was Ten Hag’s sixth and final signing of the summer transfer window.

Manchester United do have the option of signing the Magpies on a permanent deal inserted in the loan agreement.

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The twenty-time league champions would have to sign Dubravka if he plays a certain amount of Premier League games, but that is unlikely with David de Gea being the club’s number one.

Having been on the bench against Arsenal and Real Sociedad, Dubravka didn’t form part of the 22-man squad that travelled to Moldova and beat Sheriff Tiraspol 2-0 in our last match before this month’s international fixtures.

After Eddie Howe signed Nick Pope from relegated Burnley, Dubravka found himself as the Magpies number two following the arrival of the England international.

United’s number 31 made 27 appearances for the Toon Army last season and he made his Newcastle debut against the Red Devils in February 2018 and Newcastle won that Premier League fixture at S James’ Park 1-0.

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