Good News – Newcastle Defender On The Mend

Paul Dummett has stepped up his training in his recovery from his medial ligament knee injury, and that’s good news for Newcastle fans – so we are starting to get some of our players back, which is great.

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Paul Dummett in action in his last game

The 23 year-old Geordie was injured late in the game against Crystal Palace in the 1-1 draw,  and at one time it was reported he would be out for the season, but Paul accompanied the squad to Sunderland on Sunday,  and it was said he was coming back this season from that knee problem.

The news on the Newcastle web-site is that Paul is making good progress in his recovery from his medial ligament injury, and he is ahead of schedule.

Now if only we knew what that initial schedule was we would have some idea of when he could be returning.

Paul is currently in light training on the training field with long-term physiotherapist Derek Wright this week.

It also means that Chris Coleman – the Wales Manager – could use Dummett during the tough European Championships qualifier against Belgium in June.

Paul can come back either at left back or center-back,  but with no specialized left-back available Paul will be used in  that position.

Massadio Haidara is out for the season with his own knee injury, and he had surgery in Lyon a couple of weeks back.

Paul’s return will allow Jack Colback to resume playing in central midfield, and that’s been one of the reasons why  Newcastle have been playing so badly in recent games.

Jack will help get things moving again, once he returns to the engine room for Newcastle.

This is good news – we only hope we had a better handle on when Paul could be playing again.

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100 comments so far

  • swemag

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #1

    On the previous article…actually it is about getting the right players in, that is the problem.
    And if or when the club starts to play good football and win again most people will forget about what a shitty time we had a join in congratulating the club on it’s good on and off field policies. The press will do the same and say that Newcastle have showed that it’s recruitment policy is something for all other clubs too look at. Much like it did in 2012. Yes sir.

    That is exactly what will happen as the results on the pitch dictates all of that. If you win games then all of a sudden 1+1 = 3 if you say so.

    However, what is right in the previous article is that it will probably not happen…a lot of talk and then a few Ligue 1 players coming in over the summer. Maybe a few second rate free agents from Bundesliga.

    If the club never wants to pay more than 10 million for a player we are unlikely to makie it in the top ten.

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, You stated earlier in one of your threads :-
    “Newcastle are probably the worst performing team in the Premier League and after watching John Carver in his press conference yesterday I had my head in my hands at the end of it.”

    Well that is not quite correct -there is no probably about it -we are the worst performing team in the PL. I’ve just checked it out on the Premier League site current form guide. We are at the bottom.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Good for Dummett.
    Good for Ashley.

    Problem over then, cracks papered.
    Easy article. Everyone’s happy.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #4

    The whole protest thing is becoming embarrassing. I realise that Rangers had it easier with being a listed company worth a tenth as much – but their fans still showed what a lot of muppets we’ve been… and continue to be.

    Ashley’s plan hinges on one depressingly safe assumption: that the Toon Army will sacrifice anything to help their club… except their footie and cheap sportswear.

    Rangers fans were picketing Sports DireWrecked shops within hours of Cashley turning up and stayed resolute until they’d got him on the run. They were unanimous, unequivocal and united.

    We, meanwhile, continue to be fickle, stupid and easily outplayed at every turn.

    Until the fans can co-ordinate an effective campaign that makes Ashley’s plans for the club fail, we’re stuck in zombieland. Either boycott the games, or turn up and demonstrate against Sports DireWrecked. Don’t turn up, do nowt, and pretend you’re not helping Ashley’s plan to work.

    Picket Sports DireWrecked shops legally but with absolute conviction. Get 10, 20, 30 fans outside every shop from opening to closing, every day.

    Get everyone on social media sharing horror stories about Ashley and his awful, underworld-style dealings. They are not hard to find!

    Sadly I have little faith that any of this will happen. The SackPardew lot hardly set the world alight, and it’s taken until now to for them to realise who the real target should have been all along.

    Doesn’t bode well. I’m off to watch the golf, racing, F1, rugby, mountain biking, rowing… frankly anything other than this excuse for a club.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Season ticket sales for next season must be low. Pr is high saying we will spend next summer and increase squad depth. Latest is bob moncur.

    We’ve been told this for like what, last 5 seasons? They really think we are idiots.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes and we are a sorry excuse for a club. We don’t deserve to be in this league at all. Thank god for the 5 game winning run or we’ll be relegated.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed said on his previous post about Lee Charnleys wise words and it was good that he said them. He didn’t say them, Bob Moncur said it for him. I remember at the fans meeting when I asked Wendy Taylor:
    ”Now that JfK has been officially gagged, who will be the clubs spokesperson”
    She said we would be hearing lots from Lee Charnley in the near future, that was two years ago.

  • p

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Can I ask a question?

    What was the objective of these protests again?

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #9


    What does that say of us as a nation, a people?

    But I think we need to give it time, time for people to get their egos out of the way and the rogue energy subside a bit for more rational, concerted thinking.

    Remember Rangers fans had support from many high profile people and the Scottish FA and a lot more, the mentality was different. We don’t have any of that, even most of our own in high profile positions will ignore or avoid it or even if they don’t do nothing about it, we’re on our own. It’s always been that way though, we are used to it. It can help us though, we can overcome it. We just need to find that balance, and we are closer than ever to nearing that point I think.

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #10


    May I suggest the NBA. Houston Rockets.

    There are twice as many matches sometimes 3/4 a week.
    It’s a fast skilful game.

    There are many more moments of sporting brilliance in basketball than football.

    NUFC was my No1 team and football my favourite sport.


    Now I’m a Houston Rockets fan No1.

    I download NUFC matches a day or two after they’ve been played.
    when Ashley leaves NUFC I’ll return my support.

    Go Rockets!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #11

    That is how you would like to see it done and so would a lot of people but the reality is that it’s going to be hard enough to get everyone to meet in Leazes park never mind visit SD shops nationwide. The sackpardew lot imo knew all along who was at fault but to get a credible anti Ashley feeling right his puppet had to go first, if not we’d probably be sitting on 42 points now, safe after a hiding of City and another Derby defeat waiting for more of the same next year.

  • hibbit

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #12

    the thing about rangers they won the the battle but have not won the war ……..ashley wont give up that easy

  • DokToon

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #13


    as a resident of Houston, the rockets, just like NUFC, haven’t won a championship in recent years… you have to go back to 93-94 season for the rockets I do believe…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #14

    To show how thoroughly fed up we’ve become!

  • lesh

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #15


    And who prey is going to coach all these good players Ashley’ll buy?

    Can you seriously expect good po performances under Carver!

  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #16


    Yes 94-95 too. The Dream. Clyde “The Slide” Drexler …
    Great teams.
    Very similar to Newcastle, except they still have the same owner and he really cares.

    I dream of going to a game there one day …. bucket list.

  • p

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #17

    jfa, fair enough, reasonable expectation in terms of a goal

  • MonkseatonMag

    Apr 10, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #18

    ilovetoon8788 @ 5

    We ARE idiots! We’ve fallen for this guff for seven seasons in a row.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 10, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #19

    Weeeeelllll – that’s all depressing, then.

    Dammit, I even agree with everyone. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH THAT???

    Sod it. Let’s go to the pub. 🙂

  • DokToon

    Apr 10, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #20


    ill trade you.. you come here, and ill go there…

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 10, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #21

    “Greed, arrogance and incompetence”: It could be worked into a good slogan. A perfect summary of the Fatso years, in fact.

  • Billythefish

    Apr 10, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #22

    The whole lot of them who are on Nufc wage bill will not have a word said against the dictator, Keegan seen 1st hand the mess Ashley and his cronies have created on a footballing level and spoke out. He bought the club for some fun at 50000 fans expense, the fun entertainment and anticipation all but died when our saviour rolled in to town. Can’t wait to see the back of him, so many times season after season we get let down.

  • lesh

    Apr 10, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #23

    From the Chron….. Music to Carver’s ears….

    Thomas Tuchel looks set to stay in Germany after Hamburg confirmed they are in talks with the 41-year-old

    The field narrows by the day. Nice one Charnley!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 10, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #24

    lesh…I thought we had a HC? …you know the one who talks about Ashley and Mini Ashley doing right by Newcastle 😉

  • Belfast

    Apr 10, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Hass manxpie been on Jesper ? The blog is dead. 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 10, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #26

    The blog is dead, Mike Ashley has
    o-fficialy killed the blog.

  • Belfast

    Apr 10, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Here Jail noticed you where posting on the other blog the other day ? Must have been a really eventful day haha

    They’re still on the same article.

  • Belfast

    Apr 10, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #28

    I noticed the one serial poster is actually writing the articles now hahaha

  • Belfast

    Apr 10, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Kim got so lonely and bored he decided to write his own articles 😉

  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 10, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #30

    To be honest i don’t think a protest will make any difference, nothing happend with pardew, and besides there’s only one person that will tell ashley to leave newcastle.

    And thats ashley himself.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 10, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #31

    I don’t even know why I did, you’d be better off waiting for a reply on Yahoo answers. Although Troy Stavers replied saying his posts weren’t sickeningly defending Cardew and Parver.

  • p

    Apr 10, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #32

    @30, yes and my concern is that a rebellious support base will actually put buyers off or, lower the value of the club therefore reducing the likelihood Mikey will sell.

    At the same time, the club once again becomes the spotlight and the ridicule of the nation.

    I can’t understand why people just walk away, it’s a lot more dignified.

    And people will say “well the football club was badly run so people voted with their feet” and that will be it.

    Boycotts and protests just give the media the opportunity to make the people of Newcastle look like village idiots by picking on the daftest people they can find to interview and generally twisting the story.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 10, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #33

    That is your opinion, thousands have walked away but they have been replaced by people who could never afford to go lured in by cheap tickets.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 10, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #34

    Ruddy…I would hope not 😉

    …but don’t say his name three times or else he might just show up!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 10, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m glad you have recruited the intellect of welsh geordie to your cause, he’s behind you all the way.

  • swemag

    Apr 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #36


    will we ever find out?

    as for Carver, no matter what we think of him, can we really judge him? He is trying to run a Premier League team on 13 players.

    Saying that, I have no doubt in my mind that the club should do everything they can to get a new head coach and I would be honestly surprised if Carver is still there at the beginning of July.


    Apr 10, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #37


  • p

    Apr 10, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #38

    jfa, yeah, my opinion, if I am wrong it won’t be the first time but, I have not really seen a strong argument other than “we have to do something otherwise we are defeatists”.

    I have not really heard anyone articulate how this action will lead to a positive outcome for those participating.

    The best that someone can open for is that the club “listen” to the supporters and adjust their strategy for operating the football club.

    That said, I am of the opinion that they were always going to spend a decent amount of money this summer (assuming PL survival) and may have even made some exceptions to the buy low with a view to sell high player acquisitions. There is not really much choice and presumably they have a decent amount of cash they are sitting on with Mash hardly needing the money.

    The only outcome with respect to this season if replacing Carver. To be honest though, I think it might be a bit late for that: you’d have to find someone like the mackems did who would take over for a few games and that did not work out too well with Shearer so I am not sure they will go that route again.

  • p

    Apr 10, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #39

    @37, I think he will have to go forth and multiply then because there is no way he is spending 200m, may 50-60m, tops.

    Who knows with the coach, surely even an insane drunk who had just been glue sniffing would see the error of appointing Carver permanently.

    That does not guarantee a good alternative though.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 10, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s about showing him that we are sick and tired of not competing, he might spend in the summer but once we’re safe he’ll derail the campaign in January, it’s about making a stand to give the club some pride back.


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