Steve Bruce has confirmed Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett has been ruled out of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa with yet another injury.
According to The Shields Gazette, the let-back has returned to the treatment room and faces a spell back on the sidelines after being withdrawn in the closing stages of the Magpies’ 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United earlier this month.
Bruce put the 29-year-old’s exit down to fatigue at the time but has now offered clarification on Dummett’s situation, adding that he had sought to be more cautious with his return from a serious hamstring injury.
Dummett missed most of 2020 after sustaining a hamstring injury during the Toon’s FA Cup third round replay with Rochdale last January, only returning to action in December’s 1-1 draw at home to Fulham.
The defender later played the full 120 minutes of this month’s FA Cup loss at Arsenal before featuring for 74 minutes against Sheffield United in the space of three days, but has now been ruled out of action ahead of Newcastle’s visit to Aston Villa this weekend.
“He’s not right for the weekend,” Bruce said. “Unfortunately, Paul’s had an awful time because of injuries and hamstrings and this, that and the other.
“Against Arsenal, in the cup, I tried to take him off, but other people were flagging before he was. Unfortunately, he stayed on the pitch a bit too long. It’s been difficult for him. He’s not fit.”
Bruce confirming yet another injury blow for Dummett could now force the Newcastle head coach into late transfer activity, having as yet finalised a deal for a new left-back to move to St. James’ Park despite frequent speculation.
The Toon are seen to be in the market for a new left-sided full-back this month due to a sense that £15m summer signing Jamal Lewis has struggled to settle (19/1 – 1:42pm) in the north-east after his move from Norwich City.
United were claimed to have reached a preliminary agreement to sign Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams on loan earlier in the January market but, despite continued links, have yet to acquire the Red Devils product.
Newcastle have also been touted as a potential destination for Juventus prospect Radu Dragusin, though the Serie A outfit are optimistic over their chances of retaining the Magpies, Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig target with a new contract.
If Dummett’s injury leads to a lengthy absence for the Wales international, and no alternatives are acquired, Bruce may be forced to rely on midfielder Matt Ritchie once again. The former Scotland international has featured more often at left-back than he has in any other position so far this term.
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