Paul Dummett has declared himself fit to play ahead of our final 9 games of the Premier League season – if he’s allowed to, that is.
The left-sided local lad suffered a season-ending hamstring injury’ back in January and was subsequently withdrawn from Steve Bruce’s 25-man squad to create space for a trio of January loan signings.
It made sense back then, but the unprecedented times we’ve endured over the past few months have left a now fully-fit Paul Dummett is a strange situation.
He’s back in training and ready to play a part in our run in, but he’ll only be able to play if the Premier League relax their rules and allow clubs to extend their squads, with him currently not registered.
Here’s what he’s had to say about the situation to NUFC TV:
“He (Bruce) is hopeful, and the club are hopeful, that the rules will be relaxed and changed.
“Whether we can add extra players to the 25-man squad or resubmit the 25-man squad, we’ll have to see what happens, but hopefully the Premier League will change the rules because there’s obviously a lot of factors where that would be beneficial.”
Dummett then commented on his current fitness levels, confirming he’s been back involved in full training this week:
“I kept on top of those – five running sessions and three gym sessions a week – so I did everything I could to make sure that when training did restart, I was ready to go and I feel really good.
“I joined in an 11 v 11 game the other day – it was only a 45-minute game but I felt totally fine, and I’ve spoken to the manager about the squad situation as well.”
Fingers crossed he’ll be allowed to play, both for our and his sake ahead of what promises to be a hectic end to the season.
After all, we’ll need every man we can get ahead of 4 games in 11 days between June 21st and July 1st!