NEWCASTLE have recalled Martin Dubravka from his loan at Manchester United.
The goalkeeper made just two Carabao Cup appearances for the Red Devils after joining in the summer.
Toon have now decided to end his loan early, the club confirmed.
Dubravka failed to make a single Premier League appearance for United as he failed to dislodge No1 David De Gea.
He appeared in cup wins over Aston Villa and Burnley, though was criticised by fans for his performance against the Clarets.
The keeper twice produced errors that almost led to a Burnley goal, sparking fury amongst the fanbase.
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Dubravka will now challenge Newcastle No1 Nick Pope for a place between the sticks at St James’ Park.
A Magpies statement read: “Martin Dúbravka has been recalled from his season-long loan spell with Manchester United.
“The Slovakia international goalkeeper joined the Red Devils on a temporary basis in September and made two appearances under Erik ten Hag.
“And he will now provide further competition for Nick Pope, who kept his ninth league clean sheet of the season – the most in the Premier League – in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Leeds.”
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United could now try to sign a goalkeeper having eyed Borussia Monchengladbach shot-stopper Yann Sommer.
The club was reportedly plotting a swoop for the Swiss when his contract expires next summer but the transfer could be brought forward.