According to the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, it’s ‘doubtful’ that Paul Dummett will be fit for next week’s trip to Burnley – with the left-back still awaiting further assessment after returning to Tyneside with a muscle injury this week.
The reliable defender pulled up and was forced off during Wales’ UEFA Nations League clash with Denmark in Cardiff last Friday, with him forced to withdraw from their squad ahead of last night’s game with Albania as a result.
Here’s a snippet from Lee Ryder’s piece today, with him suggesting that the left-back now looks likely to miss next Monday’s trip to Turf Moor:
Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett is facing further assessment on a muscle injury after returning to Tyneside.
The left-back pulled up in Wales’ 2-1 defeat at the hands of Denmark in the UEFA Nations League and is doubtful for the Magpies’ trip to Burnley on Monday night.
Dummett was withdrawn from the Welsh squad that lost 1-0 to Albania on Tuesday night with Ryan Giggs declaring the Toon player as unavailable.
Losing Dummett for any length of time would be considered a major blow for Rafa Benitez.
Considering how much Rafa Benitez has relied on Dummett over the last few years – with us rarely having another viable option at left-back – this would be a real blow.
The likes of Ciaran Clark, Kenedy or Javier Manquillo could now replace him, but it’s hardly the news we needed just as we start to gain a settled side and some momentum after back to back wins in the league.
If he’s not fit, let’s hope he’s not out for long. Either way, a new left-back is badly needed in January, with this injury proving just how light we are in this area of the pitch.