Martin Dubravka has made more saves than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, but his biggest challenge has come from recent shooting practice in his garden with girlfriend Lucia.
The Newcastle No 1 tore his medial knee ligaments the week before the country was plunged into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the injured keeper has been forced to be creative with his rehab from home.
But through a combination of help from his partner and a home rehab session prepared with Newcastle’s medical staff, Dubravka is now close to being back and ready for action – whenever that might be.
The Slovakian told Sky Sports News:
“Lucia and I are both trying to do something different to make it interesting for us both. We train together every day and I think we have both turned into personal trainers for each other.
“It’s mostly fitness stuff and staying in shape, but a few days ago we tried to do some ball work to have some fun. It was very different to normal training with my team-mates, but I’m just glad we have a garden to try and do things like that.
“The important thing is to not just lie down on the sofa and do nothing. I was doing that a few weeks ago just after I got injured and it’s not fun!”