NEWCASTLE UNITED’S goalkeeping worries could intensify further in the next few days, with Karl Darlow needing a scan on his injured leg.

Darlow hurt himself in a collision with Marcus Rashford in the second half of the Magpies’ 4-1 home defeat to Manchester United.

The goalkeeper, who was Newcastle’s best player as he saved a penalty from Bruno Fernandes, was in obvious discomfort in the latter stages of the second half and required treatment at one stage before opting to continue.

With Martin Dubravka set to be sidelined for a number of weeks after suffering a setback in his own recovery from injury, the Magpies can ill afford to lose Darlow for a prolonged spell.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said: “He’s taken a hell of a blow. We hope that he’s not too bad, but it’s one of those difficult ones to assess straight away.

“I wonder if the linesman had flagged earlier (for offside), rather than waiting for it with that ridiculous rule, then who knows, it might have been averted.

“Until we see the scans and how he is, then we won’t really know, but it’s fair to say that he’s very sore.”