Newcastle boss reveals £3.1m-rated star is nearing first-team return

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has revealed that full-back Paul Dummett is closing on a return to action.

The Magpies have been without the services of Dummett since he limped out of the clash with Tottenham Hotspur on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.

It had been thought that the left-back would miss just two weeks of football, but a hamstring problem is still keeping the popular defender, who is valued at £3.1m by transfermarkt.co.uk, on the sidelines as we approach the latter stages of 2017.

Benitez, speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth, confirmed that the 26-year-old was on the road to recovery, and would soon join full-contact training with the rest of his teammates.

Benitez told reporters:

“We have Paul Dummett training but not with the team yet. He is getting closer.”

After coming through the youth system at Newcastle, Dummett has made more than 120 appearances for the Magpies, and played all but one of their Championship matches during the 2016-17 campaign.

A total of 14 points from 10 matches has left Benitez’s side in ninth position in the Premier League table.