NEWCASTLE UNITED are ready to permanently pull the plug on Freddie Woodman’s proposed loan move to Bournemouth amid fears over the full extent of Martin Dubravka’s latest injury setback.

Having spent last season on loan at Swansea City, Woodman was set to spend next season back in the Championship with Bournemouth.

The 24-year-old completed a medical with the Cherries at the start of the week, and was set to fly to Marbella with the rest of Scott Parker’s first-team squad for a pre-season training camp.

However, Dubravka’s injury situation has changed that, with Steve Bruce instructing Woodman to return to Newcastle’s training base in York.

With Dubravka expected to undergo surgery in the next few days, Woodman is expected to feature in Newcastle’s pre-season friendly at York’s new LNER Stadium on Sunday.

There is still a chance the goalkeeper could be permitted to link up with Bournemouth at a later date, but as things stand, the loan move remains on hold, with the possibility it might be permanently scuppered.

Dubravka’s situation is similar to the one that forced him to miss the majority of the first half of last season.

The Slovakian played for his nation at Euro 2020, but is understood to have been struggling with a foot problem throughout the tournament.

A series of post-tournament medical tests have revealed significant damage, and Newcastle’s medical team are understood to have recommended an operation to solve the problem.

If Dubravka does go under the knife, he faces a major battle to regain his fitness in time for the Magpies’ opening game of the Premier League season in the middle of next month.

If he fails to recover in time, Karl Darlow will start the campaign as Newcastle’s starting goalkeeper for the second season in a row.

Darlow started the first 25 league matches of last season, before being dropped when Dubravka returned to the side for the home game with Wolves in late February.